Geopolitics Quarterly, vol.17, pp.22-50, 2021 (Scopus)
Malaysia and Turkey are progressive, modern Muslim-majority countries. Both have shown
strong resolve and capabilities in dealing with issues and challenges both at home and
international level. In dealing with COVID-19 pandemic, both countries have adopted
various measures and strategies to contain the virus outbreak. Yet, the biggest challenge in
executing those is balancing the need to protect the public and maintain economic growth.
Hence, this study compares and contrasts the measures and strategies taken by both
countries in containing the COVID-19 outbreak as well as ensuring the continuity of
economic growth. The time period of this study was from March 2020 until early February
2021 as most of the countries, including Malaysia and Turkey, by then had introduced new
COVID-19-related health policies and economic stimulus packages. The finding compares
and contrasts the effectiveness of those measures and strategies so that both countries can
share and learn from this pandemic.