Chief Editor's Welcome Message

It has become a continuous challenge for the newly elected editorial board of the ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry to maintain and promote its journal to the region. Firstly, the editorial board members keep on changing every two years according to the rotation involving the participating countries. Secondly, a new web system for the journal has to be designed and made accessible online. Thirdly, there would be inevitable interruptions from the publications as the newly hosted website succeeded the previous one.

Nevertheless, it is a pleasure for me to be The Chief Editor of ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, taking over from Thailand for the next two years. I see three main challenges in my tasks as an editor. First, I share the same view as the previous editor that the journal has not had tremendous change over many years, especially in its content. The second challenge lies in getting well balanced contributions of manuscript/papers from each ASEAN countries, which now include Laos and Vietnam, besides Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines. Thirdly, to form and maintain a user-friendly web system that is highly accessible to the medical health professionals worldwide in line with the current trend of paperless journal publication.

I believe that we can achieve our main objectives of our journal especially in having a regular uninterrupted online publication. I think that it is an achievable objective for years to come as this effort can widen the dissemination of current psychiatric knowledge and reduces the cost of printing.

I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Professor Mohamad Hussein Habil, President of the ASEAN Federation for Psychiatry and Mental Health (AFPMH) for his trust and invitation to me to be the Chief Editor of the ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry (2009 - 2010). I am honoured and delighted to shoulder this great responsibility with the strong support from the Malaysian Psychiatric Association (MPA). I also would like to thank Professor Manit Srisurapanont from Thailand for his excellence and charismatic good work as Chief Editor in the previous ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry (2008 - 2009).

Hatta Sidi
MBBS, MMed (Psych), DipSHC
Editor-in-Chief, ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry (2009 - 2010)