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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 Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz. First published in the Malay Mail 18 April 2014 Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s elections and its present-de-facto-and-maybe-future-de-jure leader’s Jelajah Reformasi 2.0 roadshows touring the country have overlapped commemorations of the party’s fifteenth anniversary on 4 April. This is counting from the formation of Parti Keadilan Nasional in 1999 rather than its merger [...]
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Posted: April 18, 2014, 9:01 am
MySinChew.com 18 April 2014 KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 (Bernama) — While PAS’ leadership remain adamant in tabling a private member bill to implement Hudud in Kelantan, political analysts believe the move is in futility and no more than a political play. PAS’ has harboured dreams of implementing Hudud in Kelantan since 1990s and its dreams [...]
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Posted: April 18, 2014, 2:30 am
The Malay Mail 18 April 2014 The National Union of the Teaching Profession Malaysia (NUTP) and Sarawak Welfare, Women and Family Development Ministry are divided over distribution of financial aid to needy students under the Poor Students’ Trust Fund (PSTF). According to the eKasih database, which serves as a registration system for low-income households, Sarawak [...]
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Posted: April 18, 2014, 2:04 am
by Tricia Yeoh. First published in The Sun 17 April 2014 CONVENTIONAL wisdom has it that to have a peaceful and harmonious society, government should restrict dissent and hateful speech. This is certainly the case in many parts of the world, where laws and policies are created for such a purpose. But has this necessarily [...]
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Posted: April 17, 2014, 2:49 am
by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published in Straits Times (print edition/subscribers-only) 16 April 2014 BACK in February, international trade officials from some of the most important economies in the world gathered in Singapore to hammer out the final details of a new free trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Singapore is a [...]
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Posted: April 16, 2014, 1:37 pm
Presentation by Dr. Timothy Shah, Associate Director, Religious Freedom Project Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs Georgetown University. Presented on 9 April 2014 as part of a visit hosted by IDEAS on 7-9 April 2014. To view the presentation slides, please click HERE Speaker’s Bio Dr. Timmothy Shah Timothy Shah is associate director [...]
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Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:40 am
IDEAS MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16 April 2014 To access the policy paper announced in this media statement, please visit http://ideas.org.my/?p=8108 IDEAS NATIONAL SURVEY OF THE POOR: WHAT ARE THE MAIN ISSUES FACED BY POOR CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOLS? The Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) today released a new policy briefing paper [...]
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Posted: April 16, 2014, 2:33 am
This paper is an overview of the results of IDEAS’ nationwide education survey of households in the bottom 40 percent. The average household income of the respondents was RM 919 per month. With over 1,200 households surveyed in six states across Malaysia, including Sabah and Sarawak, the results provide a glimpse into the barriers faced [...]
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Posted: April 15, 2014, 2:20 pm
 by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published in The Star 15 April 2014 SOON after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sacked from Government in 1998, his supporters created two organisations. One was Gerakan Keadilan Rakyat Malaysia (Malaysian People’s Justice Movement – Gerak) and the other was Pergerakan Keadilan Sosial (Social Justice Movement – Adil). These [...]
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Posted: April 15, 2014, 2:00 am
by Keeran Sivarajah. First published in The Edge 14 April 2014 Every spring, Professor Nancy Koehn teaches a class on leadership at the Harvard Business School. Entitled “Power and Glory in Turbulent Times”, the class takes a closer look at a set of leaders spanning a range of backgrounds, eras, and industries, from Henry V [...]
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Posted: April 14, 2014, 7:29 am

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