Lee Poh Onn

Dr Lee Poh Onn
Senior Fellow
  • 0Regional Economic Studies Programme0
  • 0Malaysia Studies Programme0
Research Interest
New Institutional Economics, Development Economics, and Economic History

Researcher’s Profile

Member of the Regional Economic Studies Programme and Malaysian Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.


Current Research

  • Political economy issues and economic development in Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • Oil Palm and Environmental Sustainability in Sabah, Malaysia.
  • Economics of climate change and environment in Southeast Asia.


Selected Publications

  • 2020/3, “The Kimanis By-election: A Much-needed Sweet (Manis) Victory for Warisan” with Kevin Zhang, 16 January 2020
  • “Sarawak: An Electoral Tremor with Far-Reaching Consequences?” in The Defeat of Barisan Nasional: Missed Signals or Late Surge edited by Francis E. Hutchinson and Lee Hwok-Aun Eun (Singapore: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, 2019)
  • 2019/45, “New Dynamics in Sarawak-Federal Government Relations”, 30 May 2019
  • Reconciling Economic and Environmental Imperatives in Batam, Trends in Southeast Asia, 2018 No. 6, Singapore: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
  • “What Lies Ahead for Malaysian Healthcare” ISEAS Economics Working Paper Series, No. 4, 31 December 2016, 35pp.
  • “The Four Taps: Water Self Sufficiency” in the Management for Success: Singapore Revisited, (edited by Terence Chong), Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010.