Friday, January 30, 2015



IDEAS’ 5th Anniversary Event | Defending national principles

IDEAS’ 5th Anniversary Event

We are pleased to announce that IDEAS will be celebrating our 5th Anniversary on Saturday, 7 February 2015. Join us as we look back at our progress in 2014. The theme for this year is “Where is the leadership?” with a keynote speech by Chair of IDEAS Political Economy and Governance Unit, Dr. Razeen Sally who is also Director and Co-founder of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


Religious policing gone awry
by Wan Saiful Wan Jan

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 MP for Parit Buntar, to speak at an event in his constituency on the evening of 24 December 2014. Since I was planning to ‘balik kampung’ to Perlis during the school holidays anyway, I duly accepted the invitation.

Why ASEAN matters
by Keith Leong

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 many states, the tragic loss of Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 and question marks over the future of our economy in light of tumbling oil prices.

Defending national principles
By Tunku Abidin Muhriz

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 march of over two million people, while victims elsewhere – possibly more than 2,000 around Baga in northeastern Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram – got scant media attention, and certainly no marches in Abuja (there’s a presidential election campaign going on instead).

Oil and more open budget
by Tricia Yeoh

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 total national revenues.


Public Choice for Prosperity (featuring Professor Wolfgang Kasper)

Join Professor Wolfgang Kasper (Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of New South Wales) as he delivers a lecture on “Public Choice and Prosperity”. Dr. Kasper will address all these issues and more. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Teo Wing Leong, Dr. Daniel Schoch, Dr. Carmelo Ferlito and Wan Saiful Wan Jan (moderator).

Topic: Public Choice and Prosperity
Date: 28 January 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 4.00 – 5.45pm
Venue: Main Auditorium, INTI College, Subang Jaya

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