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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 Tricia Yeoh. First published on The Sun Daily on 12th November 2014 UBER – the increasingly popular ride-sharing mobile app that has riled up local authorities – has not only been controversial in Malaysia, but also in the Philippines, Australia, Germany and many others. And so, when we were asked to carry out a group [...]
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Posted: November 26, 2014, 4:45 am
Kuala Lumpur, 24 November 2014 – The latest Auditor General’s Report revealed that the 1BestariNet project developed by YTL Communications has failed to deliver e-learning services to all 10,000 schools by the end of 2013 as promised. For a project with the price tag of approximately RM 4 billion this seems to be an inefficient and [...]
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Posted: November 24, 2014, 7:11 am
Kuala Lumpur, 24 November 2014 – The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) announces today the appointment of Dr. Razeen Sally as the first holder of IDEAS Chair of Political Economy and Governance Programme. Dr. Sally is a globally renowned expert on international trade policy.  He is Director and Co-founder of the European Centre for [...]
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Posted: November 24, 2014, 6:43 am
Date : 4th December 2014 Time : 8:15pm Venue: Rumah Gerakbudaya No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Topic : Pengekalan atau Pernarikan Subsidi : Kesan Terhadap Ekonomi Generasi Muda Wan Saiful, Chief Executive of IDEAS will be delivering a talk on the impact of subsidies to the new generation at Rumah Gerakbudaya on [...]
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Posted: November 21, 2014, 7:09 am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 November 2014 Kuala Lumpur   Ministry of Education should pilot the school voucher system because it can improve quality and help students from poor families   The Malaysian Ministry of Education should consider initiating a school voucher programme because it could help bring about better education outcomes and improve school efficiency [...]
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Posted: November 18, 2014, 6:53 am
This paper offers an exploration of the benefit of school choice and how school voucher programmes are a core feature of successfully bringing education choice to all segments of society. School vouchers are flexible arrangements for education funding, where the funding follows the student. By looking at three different school voucher programmes, the Milwaukee Parental [...]
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Posted: November 17, 2014, 6:39 am
Date : 18 November 2014 Time : 8 pm Venue : Tropical Inn Hotel, Jalan Gereja 80100 Johor Bahru Speakers : Haris Ibrahim, Thomas Fann, Dr. Mohammad Alinor Abdul Kadir; moderated by Kim Quek Malaysia was born because our forefathers forged a bond of unity so all races can live in harmony in one country. [...]
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Posted: November 16, 2014, 10:50 am
by Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz. First published in The Malay Mail 14 November 2014 I was honoured to launch the Crescent Moon Exhibition: the Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand at the University of Malaya Library on 13 November. The month-long exhibition, based on photographs of New Zealand Muslims and accompanying interviews, will hopefully contribute [...]
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Posted: November 14, 2014, 10:51 am
Forum : “Should there be one stream of schooling in Malaysia?” Date/Time : 11 November, 2014 (Tue), Time : 8pm Venue : No. 89, Jln Maharalela, LLG’s Office, 3rd floor, 50150 Kuala Lumpur. Speakers: Arumugam (Adviser, Tamil Foundation) Nor Arlene Tan (Producer & Host of DurianASEAN) Wan Saiful (CEO, IDEAS) Zul Fikri Zamir (Founder/Chair, Teach [...]
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Posted: November 10, 2014, 8:00 am
Date : 13 November 2014 Venue : Putra World Trade Centre Time : 9.00 am – 4.45 pm Theme : Oneness Through Education Dialogue: Is Our Education System Doing Enough To Unite Our Multicultural Society? Abstract Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chief executive of IDEAS will be chairing an event organised by Asian World Summit Sdn [...]
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Posted: November 10, 2014, 7:55 am

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