Corporate Profile. As of 26 November 2013. Introduction. The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (“ IDEAS ”) is…. Malaysia’s only think-tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges. A n independent not-for-profit organisation.
Corporate Profile As of 26 November 2013
Introduction The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (“IDEAS”) is… Malaysia’s only think-tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges An independent not-for-profit organisation Not bound by party politics, race or religion. A cross-partisan think tank We are inspired by the vision of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, 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”
Introduction | OUR PHILOSOPHY What we believe… The Rule of Law We believe in a system of government in which all persons are accountable under the law Limited Government We believe the powers of the government must be limited, usually through a written constitution that both enumerates and limits executive power with checks and balances. Free Markets We believe that when people are allowed to freely trade and exchange good and services in a mutual and consenting manner, they will not only promote productive efficiency, but even more, foster harmony and peace amongst each other. Individual Liberty & Responsibility We believe that society should exist within the context of reciprocity, mutual respect, acceptance and personal responsibility.
Introduction | IDEAS’ BOARD OF DIRECTORS Founding President Yang AmatMuliaTunkuZain Al-’AbidinibniTuankuMuhriz (“TunkuAbidin”) Tunku 'Abidin was educated at the Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School, Marlborough College and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he obtained his BSc in Government and Sociology and MSc in Comparative Politics and Imperial History. He then worked in the Houses of Parliament before moving to Washington DC to join the World Bank as a Public Sector Consultant. Upon returning to Kuala Lumpur in 2008, Tunku 'Abidin worked at the United Nations Development Programme and the KRA Group before becoming a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore from March 2009 to August 2010. Throughout, he helped to develop the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) which he co-founded in 2006, and maintained his regular columns: Abiding Times in theSun from March 2008 to August 2011, Roaming Beyond the Fence in the Star and Sin Chew from September 2011 to December 2012 and now Conservatively Speaking Freely in the Malay Mail, Borneo Post and Oriental Daily. A member of the Negeri Sembilan Royal Family, Tunku 'Abidin also authored the official book for the Installation of the Yang di-PertuanBesar and led a major project to revitalise the State Anthem. He is a trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, YayasanMunarah and Yayasan Chow Kit, is an advisor or patron to several cultural organisations, and is an honorary major in the Malaysian Territorial Army.
Introduction | IDEAS’ BOARD OF DIRECTORS (CONT’D) Founding Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan (“Wan Saiful”) Wan Saiful Wan Jan is Chief Executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (www.ideas.org.my), which was ranked as the 2012 best new think tank in Asia and 5th best new think tank in the world by University of Pennsylvania's global think tank ranking. He is also Director of CfBT Education Malaysia; member of the Advisory Board at Laureate INTI University; member of the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham’s School of Politics, History and International Relations; and member of the Ministry of Education – PEMUDAH Group on Education. Since May 2011, he is the only Malaysian to be a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international association of classical liberals founded by Nobel Laureate Friedrich von Hayek. Previously he served as a member of the Razak School of Government’s Academic Working Group; Director of ASLI Centre for Social Enterprise; and adjunct faculty at UCSI University’s Faculty of Economics and Policy Science. He lived in the United Kingdom between August 1993 and October 2009. There he worked for several organisations, including the think tank Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the British Conservative Party’s Research Department, and Social Enterprise London. His opinion has been quoted by various media, including the BBC, Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, and The Economist.
Introduction | IDEAS’ BOARD OF DIRECTORS (CONT’D) Founding Director Wan MohdFirdaus Wan MohdFuaad (“Firdaus”) Firdaus, Founding Director of IDEAS, was educated at SRK Sultan Ibrahim SatuPasirMas, SRK Sri Subang Jaya and Sek Men Agama Persekutuan Kajang. He then went on to read Law at the University of Nottingham and BPP School of Law. He was previously Special Officer to the Chief Minister of Johor, handling the corporate portfolio which includes Iskandar Regional Development Authority and Johor Corporation. Currently he is currently a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank Malaysia. He was a national delegate for Nottingham University to the National Union of Students (NUS), national executive member of Federation Of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), Chairman of KesatuanPenuntutUndangUndang Malaysia UK & Eire (KPUM), and Chairman of UKEC (UK and Eire Council for Malaysian Students) from October 2005 to October 2007. As Chairman of UKEC, he established the first Malaysian Student Leaders Summit (MSLS), which has become a major national event. He is also founder of Young Corporate Malaysians and established the annual Young Corporate Malaysians Summit.
Introduction | IDEAS’ COUNCIL Members of the IDEAS Council Yang TeramatMuliaTengkuAhmad NerangTunku Abdul Rahman Putra Son of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s founding father and Special Adviser to IDEAS. Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Haji Abdullah (Chairman) Consultant with Skrine, Former Chief Justice of Malaysia, Chairman of Bursa Malaysia Berhad, Chairman of TunSuffian Foundation. Tan Sri Michael Yeoh Chief Executive Officer of Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI), Member of Malaysian Competition Commission, and Joint Secretary General of the Malaysia China Business Council, and ASEAN Business Forum.
Introduction | IDEAS’ COUNCIL (CONT’D) Members of the IDEAS Council (cont’d) Tan Sri DatoDrMohdMunir Abdul Majid Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, Board of Trustees of PINTAR Foundation, and Malaysia-Europe Forum. Dato’ Sri NazirRazak Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Group, Deputy Chairman of CIMB Bank, CIMB Investment Bank and President Commissioner of PT Bank CIMB Niaga. Dato’ Dr. R. Thillainathan Board Member of Bursa Malaysia Berhad, Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad, GentingBerhad, PetronasDaganganBerhad and Allianz Malaysia Berhad.
Introduction | IDEAS’ COUNCIL (CONT’D) Members of the IDEAS Council (cont’d) Datuk Seri AzmanUjang Former General Manager of BERNAMA, Independent Non-executive Director of Berjaya Media Berhad, Chairman of Creative Republic Sdn Bhd. Datuk Omar Mustapha Chairman of Ethos & Company, Independent Non-Executive Director of Petronas and Symphony House Berhad. He also sits on Airasia’s Board of Directors. Dato’ Dr. Anthony Cooper Former Senior Partner of PriceWaterhouse Malaysia, Governor of Tinggi Foundation and the A&A Charitable Trust.
Introduction | IDEAS’ COUNCIL (CONT’D) Members of the IDEAS Council (cont’d) Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah Former Deputy Minister for Higher Education; CEO of Global Movement of the Moderates Foundation, Malaysia. Yang BerhormatDatoNurJazlan Mohamed Member of Parliament (UMNO) for Pulai, Chairman of Public Accounts Committee, Board Member of UMLandBerhad, TSH Resources Berhad. DEWAN RAKYAT Pulai Yang BerhormatDatuk Dr. MujahidYusofRawa Member of Parliament (PAS) for ParitBuntar, PAS Central Committee Member. DEWAN RAKYAT ParitBuntar
Introduction | IDEAS’ COUNCIL (CONT’D) Members of the IDEAS Council (cont’d) Yang BerhormatDr. Ong Kian Ming Member of Parliament (DAP) for Serdang, DAP Chief Election Strategist. DEWAN RAKYAT Serdang
Introduction | ORGANISATION Board of Directors IDEAS Council CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan COO Tricia Yeoh Charitable Units Public Policy Units IDEAS Autism Centre IDEAS Academy Education Governance Events & Outreach
Introduction | OUR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS We are part of the Atlas Network – a global network of free market think tanks Eurasia 183 Partners North America 181 Partners Oceania 8 Partners South America 81 Partners Africa 16 Partners Covering EVERY Continent Including EVERY BRICS State 469 Partners Worldwide And EVERY G20 State
Introduction | OUR REGIONAL NETWORK We have friends and partners throughout the region Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Asia) Bangkok Thailand DoiMoiVaPhatTrien Hanoi Vietnam Regional partners Friedrich Naumann Foundation Asia Freedom Institute Minimal Government Thinkers Doi Moi Va Phat Trien Regional activities AkademiMerdeka, an outreach programme which aims to introduce the ideas of civil and economic freedom to the Indonesian public Briefings on the Malaysian economy in the Philippines Publishing of the Indonesian translation of Vaclav Klaus’ Blue Planet in Green Shackles. Joint seminars with Institute of Southeast Asian Studies of Singapore Minimal Government Thinkers Manila The Philippines Hanoi VIETNAM Vientiane LAOS Naypyidaw MYANMAR Manila The Philippines Phnom Penh CAMBODIA Bangkok THAILAND Bandar Seri Begawan BRUNEI IDEAS Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Singapore SINGAPORE Jakarta INDONESIA Dili TIMOR-LESTE Freedom Institute Jakarta Indonesia
History Key milestones 2007 - 2013 2012 2010 2011 2007 - 2009 2013 July 2007 Received a USD10,000 seed fund from Cato Institute February 2008 Published Who Needs An Islamic State by Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi August 2008 Organised first AkademiMerdekain Malaysia October 2008 Malaysia Think Tank London (“MTT”) was officially launched 2009 Advisory Board established 2011 Hosted the “Public-Private Partnership in the School System” conference in association with the Ministry of Education Hosted the “Economic Freedom and Competition” conference opened by Florence Abad, Secretary of Budget and Finance of the Philippines Ranked 18th best new think tank globally by the University of Pennsylvania 8 February 2010 MTT was relaunched as the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) 2010 Started Policy Briefing an idea-generation publication targeted at policymakers and the predecessor to our current Policy Ideas. 2012 Education initiative launched with the support of KhazanahNasional Berhad and YaysanSime Darby October 2012 IDEAS Autism Centre was launched November 2012 Launched the Emerging Market Health Network to promote the liberalisation of the healthcare industry in Malaysia and regionally Ranked the 11th best new think tank globally 2013 Selected by the Election Commission as an independent observer for the 2013 Malaysian General Election June 2013 Adoption of a new strategy: “Making markets work for the poor” Ranked 5th best new think tank in the world and the best new think tank in Asia
General Strategy Our goals by 2015 1. To be a respected as a think tank that speaks based on consistent principles in a cross-partisan way 2. Have a strong outreach to Malaysian and ASEAN policy-makers, scholars, university students and young professionals 3. Publicly recognised as an organisation that “makes market work for the poor, underprivileged and the disabled”. 4. Stand on firm financial footing, with reserves sufficient for 9 months of operations, from a mixture of donations, grants and commissioned work 5. Be an expert on education reform and good governance, while playing the role of a generalist think tank promoting market-based ideas
General Strategy (CONT’D) Our goals by 2015 (cont’d) 6. Be a think tank whose political awareness and strong network give us a competitive advantage to effectively lobby for improvements 7. Have clear programmes with respected and recognised “brand” for all strands of work 8. Have an effective and strong team with clear descriptions of responsibilities and accountabilities 9. Be an organisation that supports the professional development of its staff 10. Be an organisation that has a strong and professional internal governance system
General Strategy (CONT’D) We have organised our operations into four focused units which share a single focus IDEAS Autism Centre Education Governance Events & Outreach The IAC offers an early intervention programme for autistic children from poor families. To help working parents, and to encourage parents to stay in employment. It also provides research data on the application of the social enterprise model in Malaysia. Researches and advocates for greater choice, competition and accountability in the school system. Its focus and interest is in ensuring that the poor, underprivileged and the disabled are not left out as our country moves forward. Publishes policy papers, newspaper articles and political briefings that highlight pertinent issues and propose policies for better governance. Focuses on public spending, management of GLCs, democratic institutions, and decentralization. Engages Malaysian and regional policy-makers, scholars, university students and young professionals to inform and educate them on the application of market-based solutions. AkademiMerdekais a project under the Events & Outreach Unit to introduce the ideas of civil liberties and market economics among youths in Indonesia and Malaysia Mainly operates in Malaysia and Indonesia, with ambitions of reaching into other ASEAN countries. MAKING MARKETS WORK FOR THE POOR
IDEAS Autism Centre What is autism? A severely incapacitating lifelong developmental disorder and the third most common developmental disorder, more common than Down’s Syndrome. • It causes impairment or disturbance in three main areas: • Social skills; • Communicative skills; and • Repetitive and restricted behaviors. The disorder may occur alone, or with accompanying problems such as mental retardation or seizures.
IDEAS Autism Centre (Cont’d) The IDEAS Autism Centre In October 2012, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) took the initiative to set up the IDEAS Autism Centre in Rawang, Selangor, as part of our effort to provide care for those in need, and at the same time to research and develop a sustainable social enterprise model that can be replicated to help underprivileged children. The IAC is registered with the Department for Social Welfare (reg no: B/TI 151/2012) IDEAS Autism Centre targets children who: Are aged between 3 and 9 years old Have been diagnosed with early stage autism From low-income urban households Have care needs that are within our capabilities
General Strategy (CONT’D) Selected publications in 2013 October 2013 Key Failings in the Malaysian Public Procurement System August 2013 After GE13: Strengthening Democracy in Malaysia February 2013 Fake Medicines in Asia November 2013 The Hardware and Software to Overcome a Middle-Income Trap July 2013 Private Education for the Poor? May 2013 Was GE13 Free and Fair? February 2013 Escaping ‘Middle Class Capture’ in Education Policy January 2013 The Monarchy and The Constitution in Malaysia by Prof. Abdul Aziz Bari January 2013 Malay translation of Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom January 2013 Free Trade and Markets in Healthcare: Lessons from Asia Annual Economic Freedom of the World Index 2013 Annual International Property Rights Index 2013
General Strategy (CONT’D) Selected events in 2013 November 2013 Launch of Phoenix Economics by IDEAS Fellow Dr. Carmelo Ferlito November 2013 DISKUSI BAJET 2014: “Apa Tindakan Rakyat?” November 2013 5th Annual Young Corporate Malaysians Summit October 2013 Emerging Markets Health Network Roundtable, Bangkok October 2013 EFN Asia Conference, Bangkok November 2013 Economic Freedom Workshop – Assessing Liberalisation in Malaysia January 2013 ICAAM State of the Nation Dialogue Series September 2013 MCCHR/LoyarBurok fundraiser talk in conjunction with Malaysia Day` September 2013 The State of Democracy and the Economy in Malaysia Makati, Philippines September 2013 IKMAS-CIJ Seminar: The Role of Media in Future Elections September 2013 AkademiMerdeka in Jakarta, Indonesia April 2013 Affin Investment Conference Series
Finances (CONT’D) We have been funded by the following institutions A&A CHARITABLE TRUST TINGGI FOUNDATION