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Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs
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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.

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Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

by Tricia Yeoh. First published in The Sun Online 24 July 2014 WHAT both MH370 and MH17 have shown us is that accurate and timely information being provided to the public is absolutely crucial, and this is surely a lesson that must be extended beyond moments of crisis. The MH370 incident took the world by [...]
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Posted: July 24, 2014, 2:40 am
by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published “The face of the Conservatives” 22 July 2014 The whole country is still in shock with what happened to MH17 last week. This is a national tragedy and I wish to express my deepest condolences to the families and relatives of those involved. This incident is particularly painful [...]
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Posted: July 22, 2014, 12:31 pm
by Dr. Helmy Haja Mydin. First published in The News Straits Times 19 July 2014 THE local newspapers recently carried a story on Malaysia’s first cardiac death organ donor. Shelly Mahoney, a tourist from Australia, tragically passed away when in Penang but two patients with end-stage kidney disease were given a new lease of life [...]
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Posted: July 19, 2014, 6:57 am
by Keith Leong. First published in The Malaysian Insider 19 July 2014 The first time I ever flew overseas was on an Air Asia flight from Subang to Bangkok. This was before klia opened and before Tony Fernandes worked his low-cost magic. I have to say that it was a miserable experience, but of my [...]
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Posted: July 19, 2014, 1:52 am
by Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz. First published in The Malay Mail 18 july 2014 During sahur last Sunday I turned on the TV to find that the World Cup Final was still 0-0; Mario Götze scored the all-important goal just as I finished my mango. After the final whistle, fireworks were audible in Damansara Heights, just [...]
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Posted: July 18, 2014, 1:51 am
PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IDEAS wrote to the United Nation urging them not to remove access to data on public finance management from revised zero draft Kuala Lumpur, 17 July 2014 – Last Friday (11 July 2014), IDEAS with the International Budget Partnership (IBP), together with 60 organisations around the world, sent a letter [...]
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Posted: July 17, 2014, 6:02 am
July 10, 2014 The International Budget Partnership Response to the Open Working Group’s “Zero Draft rev 1” on Sustainable Development Goals The International Budget Partnership (IBP) collaborates with civil society around the world to ensure that scarce public resources are used to reduce poverty and promote effective governance. Our experience, as well as a growing [...]
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Posted: July 17, 2014, 5:57 am
by Dr. Helmy Haja Mydin. First published in the News Straits Times IF you’re anything like me, you would be met by any number of health scares or lifestyle advice each time you log onto Facebook. Some may be advertisements purporting to offer products or services that you might find useful, others are probably forwarded [...]
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Posted: July 17, 2014, 1:22 am
by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published as “Creating a pasture equally green” in The Star 8 July 2014 I spoke at a panel discussion organised by the Penang Institute last Saturday. Others on the panel were TalentCorp CEO Johan Merican, CEO of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia Mark Rozario, and CEO of Penang Institute Dr Lim [...]
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Posted: July 8, 2014, 1:55 pm
CALL FOR PAPERS (click to download) Improving trade openness and Malaysian political economy IDEAS invite submissions of research paper to be published as our policy briefing papers on these two following general themes. a. The potential impacts of Malaysian-EU Free Trade Agreement (MEUFTA) dan Trans-Pacific Parnership Agreement (TPPA) on Malaysia We are seeking two separate [...]
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Posted: July 8, 2014, 6:04 am

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