Malaysians see Covid-19 as ASEAN’s most immediate threat: Survey

Commuters are seen wearing face masks in an almost empty SBK train as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Photo: Reuters/Hazim Mohammad). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17, 2022, Malay Mail. Nearly eight in 10 Malaysians considered the Covid-19 pandemic as the most immediate threat to Asean, according to a regional survey, Malay Mail reported.

The report from the Singapore-based Asean Studies Centre at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute released yesterday showed 57.8 per cent of Malaysians polled said Asean countries must consider unemployment and economic recession as a serious challenge.

This was followed by political instability in the region (50.4 per cent), increased military tensions (28.9 per cent), socioeconomic gaps and climate change (26.7 per cent each), deteriorating human rights conditions (20.7 per cent), as well as terrorism (11.1 per cent).

Malaysians’ concerns about Covid-19 tracked others in the region, where an average of 75.4 per cent named it the biggest threat, ahead of unemployment and economic recession at 49.8 per cent.

The report said that the third most important issue for South-east Asia is the urgency in addressing climate change and the extreme weather events that have battered the region in 2021.

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