Kevin Zhang

Mr Kevin Zhang
Research Officer
  • 0Malaysia Studies Programme0
Research Interest
Transportation in Southeast Asia, including BRI railway projects; regime change in Malaysia since the 2018 General Election, and economic developments in Johor.

Researcher’s Profile

Mr Kevin Zhang is Research Officer at the Malaysian Studies Programme and the Regional Economic Studies Programme. He holds a MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Malaysia, in addition to serving as a regular contributor to local and overseas news agencies. 


Current Research

  • What’s next for Malaysia’s 15th General Election? Electoral Trends in the lead up to GE15
  • Historical analysis of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in Johor since its formation in 1966
  • Transport and railway developments in Malaysia and Indonesia
  • COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on wages and employment in Malaysia


Selected Publications

  • The Slim by-election: putting the “Mahathir effect” in perspective (Op-ed for NewMandala, September 2020)
  • Malaysia a kinder and stronger society six months into COVID-19 fight (Op-ed for CNA, September 2020)
  • The Slim By-Election: Pejuang’s First and Mahathir’s Last Battle? (ISEAS Perspective, August 2020, co-authored with Francis E. Hutchinson and republished on South China Morning Post)
  • The Gemas-Johor Bahru Railway Electrified Double-Tracking Project: Steady Progress towards Completion (ISEAS Perspective, July 2020, co-authored with Francis E. Hutchinson and republished on The Star)
  • Picking Malaysia’s next Cabinet (Op-ed for The Straits Times, March 2020, co-authored with Francis E. Hutchinson)
  • The Tanjung Piai By-Election: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery? (ISEAS Perspective, November 2019, co-authored with Francis E. Hutchinson)