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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

oleh Amin Ahmad. Diterbitkan di dalam The Malaysian Insider 25 Ogos 2014 Isteri saya memperkenalkan Uber selepas ramai rakan-rakan di pejabatnya menggunakan perkhidmatan tersebut. Kemudian, saya sempat memuat turun aplikasi Uber untuk melihat apakah yang menarik mengenainya. Berdasarkan aplikasinya, saya fikir tidak banyak perbezaan berbanding MyTeksi. Kedua-duanya sangat baik kerana memberikan maklumat penting untuk pengguna. [...]
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Posted: August 25, 2014, 5:37 am
The Edge Online 20 August 2014 Despite Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s stinging criticism of Datuk Seri Najib Razak, there is little chance of any revolt against the prime minister from his Umno comrades, say political analysts. And this, they told The Malaysian Insider, is because there is no one in the Malay party who is [...]
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Posted: August 21, 2014, 2:03 am
by Tricia Yeoh. First published in The Sun Daily 20 August 2014 ONE of the many criticisms against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that Malaysia is negotiating to sign alongside 11 other countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region is that procurement by government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) would be opened up to foreign companies. This has [...]
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Posted: August 20, 2014, 6:17 am
The Malay Mail Online 20 August 2014 Malaysia’s three-party opposition alliance has averted a damaging split by agreeing to support the wife of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the next mentri besar of Selangor, an industrial hub that is the country’s richest state. But while the parties shelved their differences, a weeks-long crisis [...]
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Posted: August 20, 2014, 1:45 am
The Malaysian Insider 19 August 2014 Krisis menteri besar Selangor akan berakhir namun apakah yang menjadi penyebabnya krisis demi krisis merenggangkan tiga parti berbeza ideologi dalam Pakatan Rakyat (PR), kata penganalisis. eperti krisis membawa rang undang-undang persendirian hudud pada April, krisis menteri besar Selangor melihatkan satu usaha dalaman PAS bagi menjernihkan hubungan bersama PR. Penganalisis [...]
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Posted: August 19, 2014, 1:38 am
The Edge online 19 August 2014 The Selangor Menteri Besar crisis may soon be over, but what caused it to drag on and become messy, would likely cause more crises like it to blow up between the three ideologically distinct Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties, analysts say. Just like the crisis over the Islamic penal code [...]
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Posted: August 19, 2014, 1:36 am
by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published  as “Learn from the dynamics in PAS “in The Star 19 August 2014 Last Sunday evening, I attended an event where the PAS “poster boys” once again tried to convince the public that their party can be trusted despite what happened in the Selangor MB crisis. The speakers [...]
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Posted: August 19, 2014, 12:00 am
The Outreach and SEANET unit of IDEAS was formally established in 2013. Initially named “Events and Outreach”, the unit was tasked with developing and managing student programmes, organising public events as well as maintaining IDEAS’ online presence. IDEAS has organised more than 170 public events, student outreach programmes and event abroad since our inception in [...]
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Posted: August 15, 2014, 5:49 am
by Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz. First published by the Borneo Post Online 15 August 2014 AMIDST the asinine squalor of domestic politics centred on egos, greed, broken promises, claims of disloyalty and presumptuous attempts to reconcile interpretations of “what the voters actually want” with the manner in which the state constitution actually endows legitimacy, shafts of [...]
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Posted: August 15, 2014, 4:56 am
The Malay Mail Online 15 August 2014 PAS may well have to bear the brunt of the blame for the current mess in Selangor as it was the party’s uncompromising stance that allowed Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to inflict so much damage on Pakatan Rakyat (PR), analysts said. Pundits acknowledged that the problem has its [...]
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Posted: August 15, 2014, 3:02 am

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