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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

Kuala Lumpur, 31 October 2014 – The Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) decision to let school bus operators negotiate bus fares with parents is a progressive step forward in ensuring the costs are decided by market mechanisms. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown SPAD has not adopted the same attitude towards express bus operators. The Federation of [...]
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Posted: October 31, 2014, 7:50 am
Non-Governmental Organizations have never been immune to financial constraints regardless of their impact. The social enterprise ServeBetter is organizing a national conference called FundNGO2014 on how NGOs can enhance their approach in managing and funding their social programmes. We have in the studio with us ServeBetter’s executive director SP Nathan, and he is joined by [...]
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Posted: October 31, 2014, 6:02 am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   IDEAS sets up SEANET to promote economic liberalisation in ASEAN Kuala Lumpur, 30th October 2014 – The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) today announced the launch of Southeast Asia Network for Development (SEANET), a regional centre within IDEAS focused on catalysing the development of ASEAN nations through the adoption [...]
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Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:53 am
by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published as “Tax system should not discriminate ” in The Star 28 October 2014 In my column two weeks ago, I wrote about how taxes are a form of coercion by the government against the people. Since then, I received many comments saying that it is not fair to [...]
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Posted: October 28, 2014, 4:52 am
IDEAS Media Statement For immediate release Investigate shocking PAC revelations for corruption Kuala Lumpur, 28 October 2014 – The revelation today by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) wrongly procured the construction of its research vessel, costing RM14.39 million of public funds, is shocking and requires immediate investigation for corruption. [...]
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Posted: October 28, 2014, 2:03 am
Comment by Wan Saiful on Hadi’s role in Pakatan on The Malaysian Insider. Click here to view the newsreport.
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Posted: October 20, 2014, 3:15 am
The Malaysian Insider 19 October 2014. Also published in Malay as “Azmin perlu pimpin PKR, satukan Pakatan tanpa Anwar, kata penganalisis“ With Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s fate to be decided by the Federal Court next week, political observers say his party PKR should start thinking about a future without him. So should Azmin Ali, the [...]
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Posted: October 19, 2014, 3:17 am
The Malaysian Insider 19 October 2014 As PKR hopes to galvanise support for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at his final sodomy appeal next week, political observers warn that hopes for street demonstrations in the style of the 1988 “reformasi” could be counterproductive. They cite a changed political landscape, unclear support base following recent discord within [...]
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Posted: October 19, 2014, 3:09 am
by Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz. First published in The Malay Mail Online 17 October 2014 “What’s in it for me?” is the inevitable lens through which most citizens analyse a national budget – rightly so, since it’s their money that the government will be spending, regardless of whether they voted for candidates representing the government party, [...]
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Posted: October 17, 2014, 8:39 am
Inspirations from Raja Aziz Addruse: Morality and the Rule of Law’ was a lecture by Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz delivered at the 3rd Raja Aziz Addruse Memorial Lecture, a lecture series organized by the Malaysian Bar Council. In this lecture, Tunku ‘Abidin relays a personal account of Raja Aziz Addruse, a prominent and influential advocate who [...]
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Posted: October 17, 2014, 8:18 am

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