Author: Philip Stevens & Dr. Helmy Haja Mydin
Date: February 2013
Fake medicines – which are either criminally motivated or the result of lax manufacturing standards – are a worsening problem, particularly in Asia. In some of poorer parts of the continent, up to a quarter of medicines fail quality tests.
Evidence shows that cheap generic drugs are the most faked medicines in Asia, although there appears to be a particular problem with anti-malarial drugs in places such as Laos and Cambodia. China and India appear to be production hotspots.
Date: July 2012
This Policy Ideas explores negative public perception of MACC’s independence and recommends several steps that can be taken to improve this perception.
Date: June 2012
In this Policy Ideas briefing paper we explore the steps necessary after an election, especially if there is an uncertain election outcome, or hung parliament. By looking at case studies from 3 mature constitutional democracies – United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Sweden – we argue that there is need for clear policies concerning the scope of a caretaker government, negotiations over government formation, and the role of the Rulers and Council of Rulers in the democratic process.
Date: May 2012
This Policy Ideas evaluates the National Education Dialogue Series that have been organised by the Ministry of Education to review of our national education policy.
IDEAS attended the dialogue series in five first dialogues to observe the proceedings. We feel the Ministry has planned the series well, and, that it is also a very important part in ensuring the new education blueprint is inclusive.
Date: March 2012
This Policy Ideas briefing paper argues that a smooth transition is more than just a peaceful transfer of power. It is also about ensuring that the effective functioning of government does not become too disrupted during the transition period. It provides case studies on how transition was managed in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, and the strengths and weaknesses of the systems in these countries.
Author: Wan Saiful
Date: April 2011
This report is the result of a study conducted by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS). Our aim is to explore the issues faced by Malaysian farmers in relation to the use of modern agricultural technology. Our ultimate concern is to find ways by which the livelihoods (and productivity) of Malaysian farmers can be improved.