Economists at odds over holding early elections, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (16/9/2022)

One economist says holding the general elections sooner rather than later will be better for the country, while another says there is no guarantee that stability can be achieved post-elections given the potential of a weak government taking over. Dr Carmelo Ferlito, CEO of the Center for Market Education (CME), was interviewed by Samuel Chua from Free Malaysia Today.

A Tale of OPR Hikes and Business Impacts, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (15/9/2022)

After three consecutive OPR hikes in a matter of 4 months, have our inflationary pressures really decreased? We have discussed how inflation impacts the business environment, but there also needs to be a look into how rising overnight policy rates can affect businesses in particular SMEs and MSMEs. To help us understand how the OPR hikes can affect Malaysian businesses, we speak to Carmelo Ferlito, CEO for the Centre for Market Education.

Are Loan Moratoriums the Best for Struggling SMEs? with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (14/9/2022)

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, has said that discussions will be held soon between relevant ministries regarding special moratoriums for SMEs. Carmelo Ferlito, CEO for the Center for Market Education tells us if this is the best way to help struggling SMEs or are there other solutions may be more productive.

CME: Need to Cut Government Spending, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (26/3/2022)

Dr Carmelo Ferlito, CEO of the Center for Market Education, commented the recent data on inflation with TV3 Nightline on 26 March 2022.

Putting Malaysia back on global tourism map, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (25/3/2022)

Carmelo Ferlito from Centre for Market Education says coordination between South East Asian nations will help put Malaysia back on the global tourism map as borders reopen.

Border reopening: A boost to economy & employment, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (24/3/2022)

As Malaysia prepares to reopen its border, Carmelo Ferlito from Centre For Market Education shares the many benefits of the move in promoting economic growth and more.

Early GE15 can help spur economic growth, says Dr Carmelo Ferlito (24/3/2022)

Holding the 15th general election (GE15) as soon as possible will benefit the national economy, says Dr Carmelo Ferlito, CEO of the Center for Market Education, to Free Malaysia Today.

Malaysia's Employment Predicament: Unemployment or Underemployment?, with Dr C. Ferlito (11/3/2022)

When it comes to wages, many of us can agree that it should be increased. But the question that provokes intense debate is when and how? Should market forces dictate the quantum of our living, graduate and minimum wage? Or should government policy get into it to set direction? Philip see consults experts Carmelo Ferlito of CME and Zouhair Rosli of DM Analytics on how much you should get paid.

Ukraine crisis: Impact of higher energy prices on Malaysia, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (25/2/2022)

Centre for Market Education's Carmelo Ferlito says sanctions on Russian oil and gas would mean higher energy prices globally, and Malaysia will not be spared.

Higher Education: Value of degree diminishing over time?, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (22/2/2022)

Center for Market Education CEO Carmelo Ferlito urges reform to tertiary education to tackle decreasing value of education certificates.

Should market forces determine minimum wage?, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (11/2/2022)

Should market forces determine minimum wage? "Some workers don’t have strong negotiation powers, we need to have a framework to address this," says Centre for Market Education CEO Dr Carmelo Ferlito.

Divided opinion in reopening borders, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (9/2/2022)

Although some experts reckon that it is best to delay the reopening of Malaysia's international borders, Centre for Market Education CEO Dr Carmelo Ferlito says international mobility does not really have any impact on the virus spread, judging from scientific evidence.

Should We Raise The Minimum Wage Sooner? (with Dr Carmelo Ferlito, 7/2/2022).

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress has urged for the government to raise the minimum wage by the second quarter of the year, instead of by the end of 2022. This is in contrast to the Malaysian Employers Federation's previous statement that it is not time to implement this, in light of our current economic turmoils. First, we discuss how raising the minimum wage would make a difference to workers and employees, and why it’s important. Then, we get into what effects this might have on the economy. Finally, we look at how do our wages compare to other countries

Stiff competition, need right strategies, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (31/1/2022)

TV3 Nightline on Monday, 31 January 2022 with Liyana Hasanel.

Black market boom likely after cigarette ban, says Dr Carmelo Ferlito (30/1/2022)

A ban on the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to those born after 2005 will be a big gift to the black market, says Dr Carmelo Ferlito, CEO of the Center for Market Education, to Free Malaysia Today.

Anekdot - Pelaburan Kian Pudar, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (18/1/2022)

Dr Carmelo Ferlito, CEO of the Center for Market Education (CME), discussed with Dialektika TV the outflow of foreign direct investments (FDIs) from Malaysia and how Indonesia benefited from it.

Malaysia is losing its competitive edge in attracting investors to Indonesia (C. Ferlito, 14/1/2021)

Dr Carmelo Ferlito, CEO of the Center for Market Education, warns that Malaysia is fast losing its edge over Indonesia in the competition for foreign investments.

Cut spending to tackle inflation, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (4/1/2022)

Center for Market Education CEO, Dr Carmelo Ferlito, cautioned of rising inflation in 2022 and advised for less government spending to tackle the root cause of the issue.

Focus on private investments for long-term growth, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (4/1/2022)

Center for Market Education CEO, Dr Carmelo Ferlito, spoke with Farhana Sheikh at Astro Awani (Awani Tonight), suggesting for the government to focus on private investments and improve social safety net to ensure long-term quality economic growth.

Delivering Quality Economic Growth In 2022, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (30/12/2021)

Carmelo Ferlito from the Center for Market Education calls for more thoughtful and structural reforms in the economy in order to drive more private investment as the government grapples with dealing the short term financial pressures caused by the floods.

Economists slam Putrajaya for substandard handling of floods, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (29/12/2021)

Experts call for better foresight and comprehensive systems to provide relief for victims.

Digital banking will change the financial landscape, help boost micro SMEs, C. Ferlito (16/12/2021)

The awarding of digital banking licenses by early next year is likely to provide a major boost to small businesses and entrepreneurs from the bottom 40 seeking smaller loans that come with fewer conditions.

Foreign workers still crucial for Malaysia, says MEF, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (4/12/2021)

The Malaysian Employers Federation wants the government to remember some industries’ need for foreign labour even as it moves to ensure jobs for Malaysians.

Rising Prices - Govt Control Vs Market Mechanisms, with Dr Carmelo Ferlito (3/12/2021)

A United Nations gauge of global food prices are now at a 10-year high, with prices soaring due to a confluence of factors: bad weather has hurt harvests; supply chains have been hit by higher shipping rates and worker shortages; and fertiliser and pesticide costs have surged. But are international conditions the source of the sudden and sometimes dramatic spikes in food prices locally? Melisa Idris and Sharaad Kuttan speak to Dr Carmelo Ferlito, CEO of the think tank, Center for Market Education.