Policy Ideas 2021-02-24T22:17:49+08:00


Policy Paper No 71 - Paddy and Rice Sector Policy Roadmap: Towards Equity and Sustainability
Author: Fatimah Mohamed Arshad, Kusairi Mohd. Noh, Emmy Farha Alias

Date:February  2021

This study is an extension of the previous study conducted in 2019 by IDEAS. Titled the “Effectiveness of State Trading Enterprises in Achieving Food Security: Case Studies of BERNAS in Malaysia and BULOG in Indonesia”, the study made a number of policy recommendations to transform the sector towards a more progressive, equitable and sustainable industry. As a result of the follow-up study carried out in 2020, we now produce this report that translates those recommendations into a policy roadmap, which will serve as a guide to policy makers, as well as a framework for further intellectual discourse.

Policy Paper No 70 - Post COVID-19 Recovery: Building SME Resilience
Author: Lau Zheng Zhou, Sabrina Tang, Yohendran Nadar Arulthevan

Date: January  2021

In this policy paper, authors Lau Zheng Zhou, Sabrina Tang, and Yohendran Nadar Arulthevan aim to offer evidence-based insights on implementation and policy gaps of past ESPs across the worst-hit sectors (Manufacturing, Retail, and Tourism) in Malaysia.

Policy Paper No 69 - Social Protection for the Poor and Vulnerable Malaysians during COVID-19
Author: Ya Shin Wan, Gamaliel Kan

Date: December  2020

This paper examines how social protection has responded to the needs of the vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. It starts by analysing the role of a shock-responsive social protection and the approaches countries adopted in expanding social protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.