Bureau for National Development

Lead person: Prof. Dr. Hairul Nizam ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

This bureau aims to establish workgroups to address 11 national issues that are critical for our country. The goal is to bring together psychologist who have expertise and interests in these areas to work together towards solutions to these issues from a psychological perspective.

The workgroups are in the following areas:



Uniting our Nation

= Reducing racial and religious prejudice

= Coming to terms with greater diversity in Malaysia


Managing Disasters

= Post Disaster Interventions

= Helping affected populations and disaster response workers


Developing our Workforce

= Increasing productivity via the Transformation of the Workforce’s Thinking Paradigm

= Increasing Engagement, Health, Happiness and Meaning

= Encouraging Entrepreneurship


Reducing Crime

= Crime prevention interventions

= Helping victims of crime recover


Using Technology in Healthy and Effective Ways

= Understanding and managing unhealthy usage of technology (cyber addiction, cyber bullying, cyber crime)

= Maximizing technology to improve wellbeing and productivity


Improving our Health

= Reducing obesity by encouraging healthy dieting and exercise


Helping our Youth

= Understanding and managing adolescent problem behaviours (i.e., drugs, gangs, school drop-out, Mat Rempit, hooliganism)

= Helping adolescents find meaning, direction, identity and purpose


Caring for our Elderly

= Gerontology: Understanding issues of The Forgotten People

= Identifying key factors to improve wellbeing of elderly


Revitalizing our Schools

= Developing 21st century students’ thinking skills

= Creating a safe school environment: reducing bullying, violence.

= Reducing academic failure and drop out rates


Eradicating Poverty

= Understanding and managing psychological factors that contribute to poverty

= Developing entrepreneurial activity among impoverished communities

= Reducing apathy among general population

= Special focus on indigenous populations


Mental Health

= Strengthening mental health services in Malaysia including the detection and management of mental health issues

= Increasing public awareness of mental health issues

How you can help?

We are looking for academics, practitioners and postgraduate students who are currently doing work in these areas, or who have a interests in working in these areas, to join the different work teams. If you are interested in joining one of these work teams, please contact Professor Hairul Nizam at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Upcoming Events

Malaysian Psychology Student Assembly 2018 (MAPSA 2018) at University of Reading Malaysia, Educity, Johor.
Date:10th November 2018
For details, please visit: reading.edu.my/mapsa2018

2nd Biennial Psychology for Malaysia Symposium 2018 (BPSIMAS) at Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak
Date: Postponed to early 2019

PSIMA will host ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS2019). This will be in July 2019. Details will be announced soon. More...

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