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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

IDEAS CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan says that more could have been cut from bureaucracy, especially from the Prime Minister’s Department. “If the government was cutting spending, it is not doing enough. The PM’s Department itself is so big,” he said. Read the full story as it appeared on The Malaysian Insider.  
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Posted: January 22, 2015, 2:59 am
For immediate release 20 January 2015 Measures for growth or for closed economy? Kuala Lumpur, 20 January 2015 – Certain measures introduced by the Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, to address current economic development and government financial situation in his speech this morning are good, but others require some serious re-consideration. Revising Malaysia’s fiscal [...]
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Posted: January 20, 2015, 4:58 am
By Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published in The Star 20 January 2015 Usually on the eve of Christmas some of us would be hoping for Santa Claus to come into their houses bringing gifts.  But I had a very different experience during the last Christmas eve. I was invited by YB Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa, PAS [...]
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Posted: January 20, 2015, 1:40 am
by Keith Leong. First published in The Heat Online 19 January 2015   On Jan 1, Malaysia officially began its year-long chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), succeeding Myanmar. This event did not exactly dominate headlines and understandably so. Malaysians at the time were (and still are) grappling with the floods in [...]
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Posted: January 19, 2015, 3:25 pm
By Tunku Abidin Muhriz. First published in The Malay Mail on 16 JANUARY 2015. SINCE the new year thousands of people have died in terrorist acts of violence around the world. However, incidents in and around Paris that resulted in the deaths of 17 people last week received huge amounts of media coverage and triggered a [...]
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Posted: January 19, 2015, 5:04 am
KUALA PILAH – The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, today led the list of 812 recipients of awards from Negeri Sembilan in conjunction with the 67th birthday of the Yang Dipertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir. His Royal Highness was conferred the Darjah Kerabat Negeri Sembilan (DKNS). The investiture ceremony [...]
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Posted: January 15, 2015, 2:36 am
By Tricia Yeoh. First published in the The Edge Malaysia on 12 January 2015. The budget department of the government’s treasury must surely be in panic mode at present, given that global oil prices have fallen by about half since the 2015 budget was announced, and especially since oil and gas takings contribute 30% of [...]
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Posted: January 13, 2015, 3:40 am
Modernity owes much to the secular concept of governance by periodically elected politicians and appointed bureaucrats – as agents serving the interests of the citizens, who are its principal. There is the eternal principal-agent problem however. How do we constrain the self-interested agents of democratic government? What are the legitimate functions of government? Does government [...]
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Posted: January 11, 2015, 2:18 pm
The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) invites youths and young professionals aged 20 to 30 years old to apply for a special National Unity Youth Fellowship Programme. The programme is run by Ideas together with the National Unity and National Integration Department (Jabatan Perpaduan Negara dan Integrasi Nasional, JPNIN) at the Prime Minister’s [...]
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Posted: January 7, 2015, 2:49 am
  Kemerdekaan negara kita serta pembentukan negara Malaysia berlaku dengan iltizam kepada falsafah kebebasan dan keadilan.  Rukun Negara kita menyatakan bahawasanya negara ini mendukung cita-cita hendak menjamin satu cara hidup liberal terhadap tradisi-tradisi kebudayaannya yang kaya dan berbagai corak.  Seterusnya Wawasan 2020 menggariskan matlamat untuk mewujudkan masyarakat yang liberal dan bertolak ansur. Selari dengan semua [...]
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Posted: January 7, 2015, 12:56 am

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