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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 on 23 December 2014 As we step into the new year, let us do more to promote the positive values of freedom, liberty and moderation. We are coming to the end 2014 and once again we are in the festive season. Let me start by [...]
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Posted: December 23, 2014, 5:40 am
By Tunku Abidin Muhriz. First published in the Borneo Post online on 19 December 2014 IDEAS’ end-of-year staff lunch took place at the Ideas Autism Centre (IAC) in Taman Bukit Templer (named after the military commander who as the penultimate executive British High Commissioner in Malaya did so much to defeat the communists) in Rawang, so [...]
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Posted: December 21, 2014, 4:05 am
Wan Saiful Wan Jan dan ahli panel lain akan berbincang mengenai topik “Integriti Politik dan Media Baru”. Program ini dianjurkan oleh Institute Integriti Malaysia and Jabatan Penerangan UMNO Selangor. Tarikh : 22 Disember 2014 (Isnin) Masa   : 8.30 malam Lokasi : Restoran Belanga dan Katering, Bangunan Azalea, No. GF-08, Persiaran Bandaraya, Pusat Perdagangan Azalea, [...]
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Posted: December 21, 2014, 3:56 am
Date: 24th December 2014 (Wednesday) Time: 8.00 pm Venue: Santalia Hall, Hotel Melor Inn, Parit Buntar
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Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:46 am
Wan Saiful appeared in an article published by Sin Chew Daily. Read the full article here
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Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:34 am
By Shaza Onn. First published in The Edge 15 December 2014 Year in and year out the Auditor General’s Report features the same reason for poor public service delivery – the underwhelming capabilities of government officers. So as prison wardens would say, “it’s time for a shakedown buckos”. A few weeks ago the third series [...]
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Posted: December 15, 2014, 4:29 am
Wan Saiful is one of the ‘concerned citizens’ who endorsed last week’s widely published letter (which was penned by 25 eminent Malaysians). Read the full article here  A version of this article was also published in Malaysiakini (English) A version of this article – titled : Rational conversation is restructuring opportunities was published in Sin [...]
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Posted: December 15, 2014, 3:28 am
IDEAS participated in the TI-M Walk Against Corruption on the 13th of December 2014. Read the the full article here.  
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Posted: December 15, 2014, 3:21 am
Wan Saiful comments on Petronas. Read the full article here  
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Posted: December 15, 2014, 3:06 am
By Amin Ahmad. First published in the Malaysian Insider on 12 December 2014 Kebelakangan ini persoalan kebebasan akademik kembali heboh diperkatakan. Baru-baru ini, 8 mahasiswa Universiti Malaya (UM8) yang menganjurkan program “Pidato Anwar Ibrahim: 40 Tahun Dari UM ke Penjara” dikenakan pelbagai hukuman tatatertib termasuk digantung pengajian. Sebelum ini, Profesor Datuk Dr Mohamad Redzuan Othman [...]
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Posted: December 15, 2014, 2:29 am

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