Welcome to this online edition of Malaysian Journal of Public Health (MJPHM). Starting from June 2010, MJPHM will be published as an online journal to provide access to wider audience with common interest on public health medicine issues and challenges. The main goal of MJPHM is to publish high quality peer-reviewed scientific papers in the field of public health and serve as a forum for diverse viewpoints on major public health issues and policies. As the Chief Editor of this Journal, I hope to see papers publish in this journal with critical viewpoints challenging the current thinking and approaches in public health practice. I would strongly encourage authors to present their thoughts without fear or favour in order to push for new and innovative ideas in solving current public health challenges. This is the only way to ensure that MJPHM is accepted and respected as a reputable academic journal with impact to influence the practice of public health medicine in Malaysia and the region. The line-up of Editorial Board now consists of public health medicine practitioners in the academia as well as those serving the public health sector of Ministry of Health. A number of new Editorial Board members have been appointed to join those who have been serving the Board since its inception in 2001. The membership of the editorial board members will help to provide a good balance in getting the guidance from academics, researchers as well as practitioners in public health. I would like to thank all authors, reviewers and editors for their continuous support to this Journal.
Professor Dato’ Dr. Syed Mohamed Aljunid