While surveying the prisoners at a maximum-security prison just outside of Kuala Lumpur, Vijay — who now works as a postgraduate research fellow at the Yale PET Center in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology — also learned more about the influences of culture and religion on Malaysians’ perceptions of drug treatment programs, such as methadone replacement for heroin addiction.
Specifically, Vijay’s summer research focused on assessing how psychosocial stigma for drug use and HIV status affects how prisoners go about seeking treatment for their illnesses.
There was a major increase in Malay participation in research, which has risen from 20 % of researchers in 1982–1984 to 65 % in 2012–2014, with corresponding declines in the percentages of Chinese and Indian authors, although their absolute numbers have increased because Malaysian scientific output has increased so rapidly in the last 10 years.
The huge increase in Malay researchers contrasts with their presence in the Malaysian population which has remained stable at about 50 % since 1969.
In Malaysia, Vijay was a member of a four-person research team that included Yale School of Public Health student Trena Mukherjee and two research assistants from Malaysia.
There have been so many reports of Malay girls and young women disposing of their babies or undergoing abortions because they never wanted those pregnancies in the first place. Young lives are destroyed because leaders are hypocrites who don’t want to provide any meaningful solution to the problem.
Her work in Malaysia was under the direction of Dr.
Frederick Altice, professor of medicine (infectious diseases) and of epidemiology (microbial diseases) at the School of Medicine, whose work focuses on the interface between infectious diseases and substance abuse.
Malaysia has three main ethnic communities: Chinese, Indians and Malays.
At independence in 1957, the Chinese dominated commercial life, and this led to ethnic tensions and finally riots.
As a result in 1969 Malaysia introduced a “New Economic Policy” (NEP) to promote Malays in all areas of activity, and in particular to assist them to obtain basic and higher education.