COVID-19 Conversations 7: Sarawak State COVID-19: Coordination and Technology with Dr Sim Kui-Hian

Join a discussion of Sarawak’s response to COVID-19 and the unique challenges the state faces with Dr. Sim Kui-Hian. From addressing the rural-urban divide to managing vulnerabilities and Sarawak’s long border with neighbors, Dr. Sim lays out the approaches the state has taken. He highlights the role of technology and cooperation with the local community.

Guest Speaker: Dr Sim Kui-Hian

Dr. Sim Kui-Hian is a member of the Sarawak legislature and Minister for Local Government and Housing Sarawak. A prominent heart surgeon and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Health Science at University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), he received his medical training at Monash University and has been Head of the Cardiology Department and the inaugural head of Clinical Research Centre of Sarawak General Hospital. He is a key leader and medical professional in Sarawak’s Task Force on COVID-19.

Hosted by: Dr Bridget Welsh

Dr Bridget Welsh is currently an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia (UoNARI-M) based in Kuala Lumpur. She is also a Senior Research Associate of the Hu Fu Center for East Asia Democratic Studies of National Taiwan University, a Senior Associate Fellow of The Habibie Center, a University Fellow of Charles Darwin University. She specializes in Southeast Asian politics, with a focus on Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia. An author and editor of numerous books, reports and articles, her last report is Grappling with Transition: Myanmar’s 2019 Asia Barometer Findings. Her forthcoming book A Divided Malaysia: The Rise and Fall of Pakatan Harapan examines Malaysia’s 2018 elections and the transformation of national politics during the Harapan government of 2018-2020. She taught at John Cabot University, Ipek University, Singapore Management University, SAIS (JHU) and Hofstra University. She received her Ph.D in political science from Columbia University, language training at Cornell University (FALCON) and B.A. from Colgate University. She is a Senior Advisor for Freedom House, a member of the International Research Council of the National Endowment for Democracy and a core member of the Asian Barometer Survey covering fifteen countries in East Asia.