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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

by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published in The Star 30 September 2014 The Administration and Diplomatic Officers (Pegawai Tadbir dan Diplomatik, PTD) Alumni Association held their international conference on 9th and 10th September in Kuala Lumpur. PTD officers are the pillar of Malaysian civil service. Not everyone in the civil service belongs to the [...]
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Posted: September 30, 2014, 12:44 am
Date : Monday, 13 October 2014, 9.30am-5.00pm Location : The Majestic Hotel, 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50000 Kuala Lumpur Abstract IDEAS will organise a 1-day workshop on “Enhancing transparency and accountability in governance through the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)”. The objective of this workshop is to provide an [...]
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Posted: September 29, 2014, 8:30 am
by Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz. First published in The Malay Mail 26 September 2014 Raja Aziz Addruse was best known for being elected thrice to the Presidency of the Bar Council, founding the country’s first human rights NGO, and dealing with profound constitutional issues. To me, he was also a family friend: I knew him only [...]
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Posted: September 26, 2014, 12:00 am
by Tricia Yeoh. First published in The Sun 25 September 2014 AN Asian civil society summit I attended in Jakarta recently discussed the often times tenuous relationship between government and civil society in countries within the region. Civil society in many of our neighbouring countries face great challenges. Lack of funding, accusations of being anti-nationalist, [...]
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Posted: September 25, 2014, 12:23 pm
On 24-25 September 2014, IDEAS hosted Valentine Zuber, Historian, Ecole Pratique des Haute Etudes and Yves Teyssier d’Orfeuil, Deputy Advisor for Religious Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France. They are experts on the history of secularism and religious freedom from the perspective of France. Below is the podcast of the interview with BFM’s Sharaad Kutan [...]
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Posted: September 25, 2014, 9:23 am
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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 CLOSED)   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) at [...]
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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

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