IDEAS re-affirms status as an independent think tank


PETALING JAYA: In the wake of the recent resignation of its founding chief executive officer Wan Saiful Wan Jan, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) has issued a statement to reaffirm its position as an independent think tank.

IDEAS acting CEO Ali Salman said that the mission of the organisation remains the same.

“We were founded as a think tank to improve the level of understanding and acceptance of public policies based on the principles of rule of law, limited government, free markets and individual liberty.

“And this continues to be our mission. Hence, IDEAS must continue to hold and strengthen its position as an independent public policy research organisation, without fear or favour” he said in the statement today.

Ali added that IDEAS is inspired by the principles of Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and the spirit of Merdeka that he embodied.

On March 1, Wan Saiful, who headed IDEAS since its founding in 2009, joined PPBM after 21 years of being a life member of PAS.




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