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Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs
The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) is inspired by the vision of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. IDEAS shares his vision as stated in the 1957 Proclamation of Independence that this nation should:

“be for ever a sovereign democratic and independent State founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations”

IDEAS is Malaysia’s first think-tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges. We are an independent not-for-profit organisation. As a cross-partisan think tank, we work across the political spectrum. Our purpose is to advance market-based principles, and we are not bound by party politics, race or religion.

Our mission is to improve the level of understanding and acceptance of public policies based on the principles of rule of law, limited government, free markets and free individuals.

We achieve this mission through:

  • Research
  • Publication of reports and books
  • Seminars, discussions and short courses
  • Briefings for federal and state politicians and policy-makers from across the political divide
  • Media engagements

IDEAS was officially launched on 8 February 2010, in conjunction with Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman’s 107th birthday, by YBM Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah at Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Kuala Lumpur, in an event graced by three generations of Almarhum Tunku’s family members. (selected press coverage: The Star, The Edge and The Malaysian Insider)

Our commitment to quality has received international recognition. On 21 January 2013, IDEAS was ranked as the 5th best new think tank globally and the best new think tank in Asia in a survey of more than 6500 think tanks in 169 countries by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.


Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

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Posted: September 19, 2014, 7:08 am
by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published by The Star 16 September 2014 Today is Malaysia Day. Malaysia was formed 51 years ago, bringing together Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore under one federation, as one country. When Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman proclaimed the formation of Malaysia, he repeated the same words when Malaya was proclaimed [...]
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Posted: September 16, 2014, 2:53 pm
IDEAS Political Economy Course (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN)   Registration To register, please fill in the registration form For more information, please email : amir@ideas.org.my Registration Fee : RM 75.00 (This will only need to be paid once)   Certification All students can take the assessment regardless of their attendance record. The assessment consist of essays/coursework (2 essays) [...]
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Posted: September 9, 2014, 9:07 am
IDEAS COO, Tricia Yeoh on Women and Liberty at the Asia Liberty Forum 2014
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Posted: September 8, 2014, 3:45 am
by Amin Ahmad. Diterbitkan di dalam The Malaysian Insider 8 September 2014 Pertama sekali, tahniah diucapkan kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia kerana Forum Ekonomi Dunia (WEF) meletakkan Malaysia ke dalam kelompok 20 negara paling berdaya saing daripada sejumlah 144 buah negara yang dikajinya dalam Laporan Daya Saing Global 2014-2015. Kedudukan Malaysia dilaporkan baik daripada sesetengah negara [...]
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Posted: September 8, 2014, 1:43 am
Newsclip from The Malay Mail 7 September 2014
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Posted: September 7, 2014, 2:31 am
We, the 300 undersigned academics and concerned individuals, stand united and in solidarity with Dr Azmi Sharom, whose only alleged ‘crime’ is to think and to publicly share his considered opinion on matters related to his professional expertise as a law professor. Reportedly, all Dr Azmi did was to caution the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat to not [...]
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Posted: September 5, 2014, 12:39 am
by Tricia Yeoh. First published in The Sun Daily Online 4 September 2014 I spent the Merdeka weekend writing a paper on the choppy relationship between the Barisan Nasional-led federal and Pakatan Rakyat-led state governments. In it, I traced the brief history since 2008 of the many instances in which the federal and opposition state [...]
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Posted: September 4, 2014, 2:21 am
by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published in The Star 2 September 2014 There seems to be a huge disconnect between what is being said by those in power and what they actually do. THE official line is that the Merdeka celebration on Sunday was a great success. Malaysians from all walks of life gathered [...]
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Posted: September 2, 2014, 1:43 am
Newsclip from The Malaysian Reserve 29 August 2014 Click on image to view
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Posted: August 29, 2014, 2:19 am

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