Policy Ideas 2020-11-26T17:26:24+08:00


Policy Paper No 68 - Improving Direct Negotiation rules in Malaysia: Learning from current practices and international laws
Author: Sri Murniati, Danial Ariff

Date: November  2020

The paper sheds light on the practice of direct negotiation by exploring limitations in the current rules and evaluating compliance in present practices based on empirical evidence. Drawing data from the Auditor-General’s Report 2014-18, this paper proposes policy recommendations based on international best practices and a series of roundtable discussions from compliance practitioners and various stakeholders.

Policy Paper No 67 – Next Steps for Rare Diseases in Malaysia: Improving Access to treatments
Author: Laurence Todd, Vaisnavi Rao

Date: October  2020

The Malaysian government is keen to use a trust fund model to fund rare diseases treatments, however, there are questions of sustainability and governance regarding this trust fund. In the IDEAS Policy Paper on “The Next Steps for Rare diseases in Malaysia: Improving access to treatment”, we unpack this discussion and identify factors that need to be considered if a trust fund model is pursued.

Policy Paper No 66 – Education Policies in Overcoming Barriers Faced by Orang Asli Children: Education for all
Author: Ya Shin Wan

Date: October  2020

This policy paper aims to understand the challenges faced by Orang Asli children in accessing education and to analyze if their unique needs and challenges have been met through education policies and programmes designed for them. Based on the findings, recommendations and proposals have been made to strengthen existing policies and programmes.

Policy Paper No 65 – Malaysia, Taiwan and CPTPP: Economic Impact Assessment

Date: October  2020

Malaysia and Taiwan have a deep economic relationship – encompassing trade, investment, industrial collaboration and people to people ties. However, a number of trade barriers remain in place due to the absence of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries. In this report, we consider the impact this would have on the Malaysian economy in terms of trade, investment and industrial collaboration.

Policy Paper No 64 – The Future of Malaysia’s Energy Mix
Author: Prof. Renato Lima-de-Oliveira, Mathias Stroh Varming

Date: October  2020

This paper looks at the energy industry of Malaysia which has, paradoxically, recorded both the increase of coal and renewable energy in its matrix. It is in this context that the government will now need to consider the future of energy policy as it develops the 12th Malaysia Plan. Investments in the energy sector, such as power plants, are designed to have a useful life of decades, therefore decisions taken today will impact future generations for years to come.

Author:  Tricia Yeoh

Date: May  2020

This is the second in a series of three policy papers on contemporary challenges surrounding federalism in Malaysia today, the first of which was Policy Ideas No. 59, titled “Restoring the Spirit of Federalism: Policy Options for a New Malaysia”. This paper will explore more exclusively the political influences stemming from the federal government and how to mitigate for such effects for a more well-functioning, sustainable fiscal regime of the country’s states.