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By investigating the development process of Malaysia’s healthcare policy and various mode of healthcare privatization, this article aims to outline the behavior and triangular relationship of state, interest groups and civil society which form the basic network of healthcare policy.
Since the launching of its privatization policy in the early 1980s, Malaysian Government has gradually opened up the once public hospital dominated and non-profitable organization supplementing healthcare market for private investment. Related policies include: (1) encouragement for private hospital and private medical insurance business; (2) corporatization of government hospital, such as IJN and teaching hospitals; (3) introduction of full payment system in the public hospitals; (4) setting up of private wing or commercial accounting department in the government hospitals ;(5)contracting out non-medical services, such as medical store and health support services.
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Author: Wong, ChayNee.  Publication: MIERScan, 17 April 2006.

Although the population in Malaysia is still not considered elderly in Asia, the number of elderly population has recorded a steady increase since the early 1990’s. Findings from the Department of Statistics’ 2000 Census reveal an increase in the percentage of elderly from 5.9 per cent in 1991 to 6.2 per cent (about 1.5 million) in 2000. This is a clear indication that demographic ageing is taking shape in Malaysia.

The Tamils form a distinct minority group in multiracial Malaysia enjoying political and economic participation in the country. However, nationalism and modernization have brought about an erosion, real and imagined, in the continuity of language, literature, and culture. Ethnic Tamil newspapers, which have always played a role in the cultural continuity of the community, are becoming increasingly assertive in such a role. This article provides a content analysis and the results of a readership survey of Tamil newspapers which underline the significance of the role played by Tamil newspapers. It concludes that while questions remain as to what this role ultimately means with regard to the merging of minority communities into the mainstream economy and society of Malaysia, the importance of Tamil newspapers in the preservation of Tamil ethnic continuity, and therefore cultural diversity in the country, is valued by the Tamil community.

In the paper, ‘feminist’ refers simply to someone who is aware of the subordinate social position of women in his/her society and attempts to do something to reduce the gender inequity. Even from this definition, it is evident that Khadijah and Fatimah would not see eye to eye as to the evaluation of the women’s situation in this country as well as appropriate means to rectify it, hence the interest in comparing them. The only one common point that they share is that both of them had occupied the position of Ketua Kaum Ibu of UMNO, from 1954-56 for Khadijah Sidek and 1956-1972 for Fatimah Hashim respectively.  Publication: 4th International Malaysian Studies Conference; 3-5 August 2004, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi.  Author: Ting, Helen.

In this study, I provide an understanding of the stereotyped selfish mentality and communicative behaviors of Chinese Malaysians from the perspective of the natives. The stereotype is held by the Chinese and non-Chinese in Malaysia and is based on contemporary national public discourse and the Chinese Malaysians' mundane conversations. In describing the popular stereotype of selfishness, I discuss a culture-specific keyword-kiasu--that highlights the "Chineseness" of the Chinese Malaysians, which might explain their mentality and communicative behaviors. I also propose three influences in Malaysia that promote the stereotype of the selfish Chinese Malaysian: (a) the Chinese Malaysians' comparative economic strength, (b) the Malaysian education system's competitiveness, and (c) the Chinese Malaysians' redefinition of their identity to lie between the traditional Chinese from mainland China and the modern Westernized Chinese.

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