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Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

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

Wan Saiful Wan Jan is giving a talk on the future of Malaysian politics post Anwar Ibrahim on Thursday, 5th March at the Australian National Universiry (ANU). This event is jointly organised by the Malaysian Progressives in Australia – MPOZ and ANU.
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Posted: March 1, 2015, 12:24 pm
“I don’t think they will succeed this time, the chances are quite low, as even among the Muslim MPs, they are not completely unanimous over PAS’s move,” said analyst Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who heads Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas). Read the full article here
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Posted: February 28, 2015, 9:40 am
The Malaysian government should give schools greater freedom to tailor the use of ICT for their teaching needs, a new research paper says. “Enhance managerial autonomy for government schools to empower them to take control of the implementation process of ICT”, says the paper by Malaysian think tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs. Read […]
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Posted: February 28, 2015, 9:38 am
“People are beginning to doubt whether he (Mr Najib) is the sort of leader who can address Malaysia’s problems,” said Wan Saiful Wan Jan, head of Malaysian think tank IDEAS. Read the full article here An alternate version of this article was published in The Sydney Morning Herald
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Posted: February 28, 2015, 9:31 am
Oriental Daily published an article on the future of Pakatan Rakyat in light of recent events.
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Posted: February 28, 2015, 8:52 am
PERAK LECTURE “HEALING THE NATION”          By YAM TUNKU ZAIN AL-‘ABIDIN IBNI TUANKU MUHRIZ Date: 14 MARCH 2015 (SATURDAY) Time :7.30 PM Venue: LEVEL 10, SYEUN HOTEL, JALAN SULTAN ABDUL  JALIL, IPOH DINNER AT RM100/= PER PERSON SPEAKER YAM Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz was educated at the Kuala Lumpur Alice […]
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Posted: February 27, 2015, 6:37 am
The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), in a new policy paper released on Thursday, took issue with Malaysia’s “one-size-fits-all” 1BestariNet and ICT in Education Policy. “The low levels of ICT usage in Malaysian classrooms is due to unreliable network connectivity, lack of trained teachers and a lack of decision making in the ICT […]
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Posted: February 26, 2015, 2:36 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 26 February 2015 Kuala Lumpur Billions wasted as 1BestariNet and ICT in Education Policy in Malaysia fail to consider the needs of schools and insist on a “one-size-fit-all” policy The Ministry of Education has spent billions on equipping schools with 4G connections, Chromebooks and the world’s only cloud-based virtual learning environment that […]
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Posted: February 26, 2015, 10:03 am
Public Lecture in Canberra Topic: Where is Malaysia after Anwar Ibrahim? Date: 5th March 2015 (Thursday) Time: 4pm – 5.30pm Venue: Manning Clarke Lecture Theatre 6, The Australian National University (ANU)
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Posted: February 26, 2015, 9:59 am
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Posted: February 26, 2015, 9:43 am

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