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Policy Paper 47: Anti-profiteering Regulations: Effects on Consumer Prices & Business Margins
Author: Hafiz Noor Shams

Date:  5 December 2017

In light of the ever growing concern over the rise in cost of living due to the rise in prices, one of government’s effort to manage consumer prices in Malaysia is assessed in this new paper by IDEAS. IDEAS’ new policy paper on “Anti-profiteering Regulations: Effects on Consumer Prices & Business Margins” explores the effectiveness of the Price Control Act as well as the potential effects of the anti-profiteering regulations. The research is based on meetings with government officials as well as on statistics from the Companies Commission, Department of Statistics and the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism.

Policy paper No. 46: Water Provision in Malaysia Privatise or nationalise?
Edited by: Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Date:  16 November 2017

The briefing paper contains case studies of how citizens can benefit from reforms that are driven by the desire to serve the people, rather than blind ideology. The paper explains that debates around the provision of water services have frequently been shaped by those who are anti-privatisation for ideological reasons rather than because of facts and data. But real improvements can be achieved only if analysts and policymakers avoid falling into the ideological debate and focus instead on pragmatically choosing the best way to serve consumers, including by getting the private sector involved.

Policy paper No. 44: Illicit Trade in Malaysia: Causes & Consequences
Author: Adli Amirullah, Amirah Fazira and Ali Salman

Date: 31 October 2017

Trade integration offers opportunities for economic growth. However, high domestic taxes, lax border enforcement, and supply constraints can lead to an increase in illicit trade flows thus, reducing benefits of trade openness. As Malaysia becomes more integrated as a result of existing and prospective free trade agreements, it also faces the risks of an increase in illicit trade flows barring significant domestic reforms.

Policy paper No. 43: Reigning in the IGP’s Power: Decentralisation as an option
Author: Nicholas Chan

Date: 18 October 2017

This paper examines decentralisation as a potential policy option for the Malaysian Inspector General of Police’s (IGP) office given the issues of accountability and overcentralisation. It is a continuation of a previous IDEAS policy paper (Strengthening the Royal Malaysia Police by Enhancing Accountability) that discusses the failure of oversight bodies in enhancing the accountability of the IGP’s office due to the lack of greater structural reforms.

Policy paper No. 42: Will Our Public Universities Have Financial Autonomy?
Author: Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Date: 2 August 2017

In order to meet today’s global challenges, and improve the international standing of Malaysian universities, it is important for them to improve research and academic excellence. But in order to get there, financial viability is needed. This paper will explore the concept of financial autonomy and current policies on public university funding by the Malaysian Government. Finally, it will discuss necessary the steps to assist Malaysian universities in becoming more financially autonomous.

Policy Paper No. 41: History and Epistemology of Universities
Author: Munif Zarirruddin Fikri Nordin

Date: 12 July 2017

A university has its various roles. It is an indicator of civilization; it serves to develop a country, educate its students, and produce leaders for the needs of the nation. In a successful national higher education system these roles are closely associated with academic freedom and university autonomy.

Policy Paper No. 40: Policy Paper No. 40: The History of University Autonomy in Malaysia
Author: Chang-Da Wan

Date: 30 June 2017

During his New Year’s speech in 2012, then Minister of Higher Education, Mohamed Khaled Nordin announced that Malaysia’s five public universities, the oldest in the country, would be given an autonomous status.

But are Malaysian universities truly autonomous? And if so, how did they lack independence from the government in the past? Has there ever been a point in our history where higher education institutions were fully autonomous?

Policy Paper No. 39: Autonomy and Accountability in Higher Education: Lessons from Ghana and Mexico
Author: Dr. Sean Matthews

Date: 7 June 2017

What can Malaysia learn from other countries about autonomy and accountability in Higher Education? There is much that is distinctive about every national context, perhaps especially the Malaysian one, but in the era of globalization tertiary sectors around the world face many similar challenges.