Brief Ideas 2020-12-16T14:47:23+08:00
Governing State-Owned Enterprises: Lessons learned from 1MDB
Author: Rama Ramanathan

Date: August 2016

This paper briefly lists seven key reasons why the PAC investigated 1MDB, notes the Government’s positive response to the 1MDB report and concludes with five recommendations for Parliament and regulatory agencies.

It does not examine the arguments for and against the existence of SOEs.

The Potential of Independent Religious Schools: A Case Study of Al-Amin
Author: Altaf Deviyati
Date: June 2016

The author begins with an overview of different private schools in Malaysia and highlights different types of Islamic schools specifically. Author Altaf Deviyati, analyses the Sekolah Rendah Islamic (SRI)/Sekolah Menengah Islamic (SMI) Al-Amin Gombak, an Islamic private school under MUSLEH, the education arm of Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (IKRAM).

Are Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) bad for health?
Author: Sreekanth Venkatamaran

Date: May 2016

This policy brief is a simplified version of the Geneva Network’s working paper titled “Are Free Trade Agreements bad for health? Quantifying the impact of FTAs on health outcomes”. The paper was originally published in August 2015 and can be found online at

Lesser Government in Business: An Unfulfilled Promise?
Authors: Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Date: April 2016

This policy paper begins with the promise made by the government to reduce its role in business as stated in the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). It presents a general argument of why the government should not be involved in business. The progress made by the government to reduce its role in business is then examined through data showing its divestments in several listed companies.

How can Malaysia’s Asset Declaration System be improved to help combat corruption?
Author: Shaza Onn

Date: 4 November 2016

Despite the steps taken by Tun Abdullah Badawi when he was Prime Minister, and the recent suggestions by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, the matter of  asset declaration continues to be an issue.  While Malaysia has an existing asset declaration system, it is not comprehensive.