Kuala Lumpur, 8 July 2019: Several prominent figures belonging to Malaysia’s policy circles were present on Tuesday at the launch of a new forum, the Kuala Lumpur Roundtable (KLR) supported by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS).
The KLR is a network and forum of economists, policy experts and corporate figures to discuss and debate underlying trends and policy stances in the Malaysian economy, business environment, and the state of its governance. KLR serves as a forum for leading experts to deliberate on Malaysia’s economic governance and business environment, with the intention to improve the well-being of all Malaysians. The topics discussed included trade policy, NEP, GLCs, inequality, fiscal policy, and human capital.
CEO of IDEAS Ali Salman said that “this new forum will offer constructive and candid comments and proposals to the government on matters of policy, and will deliberate on the critical challenges faced by the country in the areas of governance, economic development and inequality.”
The present KLR members discussed the long term economic vision in Malaysia, particularly in view of the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir’s recently announced Shared Prosperity 2030 vision and also the priorities of the PH government for the next budgetary proposals.
The members of KLR include (in alphabetical order): Datin Ami Moris, Dr. Cheong Kee Cheok, Tan Sri Datuk Clifford Francis Herbert, Firoz Abdul Hamid, Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Kamal Salih, Dato’ Kong Sooi Lin, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Lin See-Yan, Professor Mahendhiran Nair, Emeritus Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohamed Ariff, Dato’ Yusli Mohamed Yusoff, Ng Yeen Seen, Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali, Dato’ Dr R. Thillainathan, Tan Sri Dr. Ramon Navaratnam, Tan Sri Datuk Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd. Sheriff Mohd. Kassim, Professor Yeah Kim Leng, Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon, Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin, and Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar. IDEAS Senior Fellows, Dr Carmelo Ferlito and Assistant Prof. Dr Renato Lima de Oliveira, IDEAS Research Director Laurence Todd and Research Manager Wan Ya Shin also participated in the discussions.
The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) provides secretarial and research support for the KL Roundtable. A detailed report based on the deliberations and recommendations will be released soon.