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Are you passionate about building a better Malaysia for our community? ​

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Our Challenge Areas

For Cohort 2, SEEd.Lab has crafted challenges and problem statements which are reflections of real-world issues that exist within 4 domains:​

  • Education & Skill ​

  • Food & Agriculture ​

  • Health & Hygiene ​

  • Personal & Financial Security ​

We have zoomed in on areas of problem that could be explored further in fulfilling the mission of SEEd.Lab. ​

Find an area that resonates with you. If you have a Wildcard idea that does not fall into any of the domains, we want to hear them anyway! Submit your Wildcard idea via the Idea Submission Form.​

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Education & Skill

Empowering teachers and/or parents of children with learning disabilities ​


The Department of Social Welfare (DSW) recorded a total of 453,258 registered Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia, 34.8% of whom are facing learning-disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. ​​ ​​ Research has shown that early intervention for children with learning disabilities can improve a child’s overall development. Children who receive appropriate education and support at key developmental stages are more likely to gain the social skills essential to their interactions and participations as a member of the larger society. Parents of these children can learn early on how to help their child improve mentally, emotionally, and physically throughout the developmental stages with assistance from teachers and specialists. ​​ ​​ Learning disabilities are becoming an increasingly common challenge that impacts many children and parents in Malaysia. Over 19,000 children have been diagnosed with learning disabilities while many more may have not been diagnosed and/or unregistered. The low uptake of registration with DSW may be attributed due to fear of stigma and discrimination among parents, as well as lack of sufficient knowledge or tool to aid in early detection. We look for potential ideas or solutions that can create a positive impact on the lives of young children facing developmental challenges by empowering teachers and/or parents to identify and assist children who may face any learning disabilities through early age screening (3 - 6 years old)​​. Problem statement:​ How might we create innovative solutions to identify and support children (3 - 6 years old) who may face learning disabilities so that the teachers/parents can initiate early intervention. Sources: ​

  1. Department of Statistics Malaysia, Social Statistics Bulletin Malaysia 2018 ​
  2. UNICEF Malaysia, Childhood Disability In Malaysia​





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Food & Agriculture

Working the Blank Canvas


Every voice matters. Every idea counts. ​ ​The Wildcard is a blank canvas dedicated to new explorations of creativity and explorations. If you have idea in mind that goes beyond the challenge areas identified, make use of this blank canvas to share with us your unique perspective on a different social challenge and potential solutions that would be able to make a positive impact in addressing the pain points of the community.





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Health & Hygiene

Innovative methods to increase the rate of savings among young adults and children​


Based on a study published by World Bank, only 60.8% of working Malaysians are actively contributing to their retirement savings. 75% of the total 15 million Employees Provident Fund contributors do not meet the minimum savings target of around RM240,000 by retirement age, while the bottom 20% of contributors have less than RM7,000 in savings on average. Post-retirement, this can be translated into monthly benefit of less than RM1,050 which is only slightly above the poverty line income of RM980.​​ Another study published by RinggitPlus, found that a large number of the population did not have adequate coverage in their savings. More than 53% of the respondents could not survive beyond three months after they lost their jobs and nearly 50% of the respondents had not even started retirement planning. ​​ Among the main reasons cited as the root of this issue are due to low awareness amongst Malaysians on the importance of saving money, not being able to afford to save enough, overwhelmed with existing debt and lack of time and knowledge on financial planning. ​​ We look for potential ideas or solutions that could increase awareness on saving culture as well as enable active savings among young adults and children.​ Problem statement:​ How might we enable innovative mechanism(s) to increase savings rate for young Malaysian adults and/or children so that they can have better financial security. Sources: ​

  1. A Silver Lining: Productive and Inclusive Aging for Malaysia, World Bank, 2020
  2. RinggitPlus: Malaysian Financial Literacy Survey 2020, RinggitPlus, 2020




Financial literacy and services for small business owners and micro-enterprises​


Malaysia’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector makes a significant contribution of 38.9% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019 and a large chunk of these enterprises (76.5%) are made up of micro-enterprises. Based on revised downward GDP growth projection for Malaysia of between -2.0% to 0.5% in 2020, survey conducted by SME Corporation found that an estimated 73% of SMEs are expected to register losses in 2020, which could lead to business closures.​ Most micro-entrepreneurs have minimal awareness and knowledge on the financial aspects of the business. This includes budgeting, recording of expenses and revenue, and on a bigger picture, understanding their overall business performance as well as financial standing based on these records. As a result, it affects their creditworthiness due to lack of track record, hindering them from getting any available financial facility to further grow and expand their businesses. ​ Putting these financial elements in place during the early stage of business can ensure a strong foundation to build on to move forward. A study by University Malaysia Sabah found, among others, that micro-entrepreneurs do not perform consistent record keeping at early business stage, presenting bigger challenge for the businesses to adopt good record keeping practices once they have grown. On top of that, some are unaware and hesitant in reaching out to access available external services. Addressing any lack of financial literacy and services among the micro-entrepreneurs is thus crucial for nation’s economic growth. We look for potential ideas or solutions that can improve micro-enterprises’ ability to plan and manage overall financial aspect that can result in sound business management.​ Problem statement:​ How might we improve financial literacy and create innovative solutions for micro entrepreneurs so that they can manage their businesses better Sources: ​

  1. The Financial Literacy of the Entrepreneurs of Micro Businesses in Sabah, S.Topimin, S.R. Mohd Hashim, 2020​
  2. Share of SMEs in the Malaysian Economy Expanded Further in 2019, SME Corp, 2019





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Personal & Financial Security

Innovative methods to increase the rate of savings among young adults and children​


Based on a study published by World Bank, only 60.8% of working Malaysians are actively contributing to their retirement savings. 75% of the total 15 million Employees Provident Fund contributors do not meet the minimum savings target of around RM240,000 by retirement age, while the bottom 20% of contributors have less than RM7,000 in savings on average. Post-retirement, this can be translated into monthly benefit of less than RM1,050 which is only slightly above the poverty line income of RM980.​​ Another study published by RinggitPlus, found that a large number of the population did not have adequate coverage in their savings. More than 53% of the respondents could not survive beyond three months after they lost their jobs and nearly 50% of the respondents had not even started retirement planning. ​​ Among the main reasons cited as the root of this issue are due to low awareness amongst Malaysians on the importance of saving money, not being able to afford to save enough, overwhelmed with existing debt and lack of time and knowledge on financial planning. ​​ We look for potential ideas or solutions that could increase awareness on saving culture as well as enable active savings among young adults and children.​ Problem statement:​ How might we enable innovative mechanism(s) to increase savings rate for young Malaysian adults and/or children so that they can have better financial security. Sources: ​

  1. A Silver Lining: Productive and Inclusive Aging for Malaysia, World Bank, 2020
  2. RinggitPlus: Malaysian Financial Literacy Survey 2020, RinggitPlus, 2020




Financial literacy and services for small business owners and micro-enterprises​


Malaysia’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector makes a significant contribution of 38.9% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019 and a large chunk of these enterprises (76.5%) are made up of micro-enterprises. Based on revised downward GDP growth projection for Malaysia of between -2.0% to 0.5% in 2020, survey conducted by SME Corporation found that an estimated 73% of SMEs are expected to register losses in 2020, which could lead to business closures.​ Most micro-entrepreneurs have minimal awareness and knowledge on the financial aspects of the business. This includes budgeting, recording of expenses and revenue, and on a bigger picture, understanding their overall business performance as well as financial standing based on these records. As a result, it affects their creditworthiness due to lack of track record, hindering them from getting any available financial facility to further grow and expand their businesses. ​ Putting these financial elements in place during the early stage of business can ensure a strong foundation to build on to move forward. A study by University Malaysia Sabah found, among others, that micro-entrepreneurs do not perform consistent record keeping at early business stage, presenting bigger challenge for the businesses to adopt good record keeping practices once they have grown. On top of that, some are unaware and hesitant in reaching out to access available external services. Addressing any lack of financial literacy and services among the micro-entrepreneurs is thus crucial for nation’s economic growth. We look for potential ideas or solutions that can improve micro-enterprises’ ability to plan and manage overall financial aspect that can result in sound business management.​ Problem statement:​ How might we improve financial literacy and create innovative solutions for micro entrepreneurs so that they can manage their businesses better Sources: ​

  1. The Financial Literacy of the Entrepreneurs of Micro Businesses in Sabah, S.Topimin, S.R. Mohd Hashim, 2020​
  2. Share of SMEs in the Malaysian Economy Expanded Further in 2019, SME Corp, 2019





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Wildcard

Working the Blank Canvas


Every voice matters. Every idea counts. ​ ​The Wildcard is a blank canvas dedicated to new explorations of creativity and explorations. If you have idea in mind that goes beyond the challenge areas identified, make use of this blank canvas to share with us your unique perspective on a different social challenge and potential solutions that would be able to make a positive impact in addressing the pain points of the community.