IDEAS will be organizing a series of masterclasses which are inspired by classical liberal philosophy on 17 October, 31 October and 14 November 2015 respectively.

Each class will be conducted by a set of experienced academics and is designed to cover a specific, pertinent topic in detail. No specialist knowledge is required and we welcome both students and working professionals.

The registration fee to attend the classes are as follows:

1 class = RM 30
2 classes = RM 55
3 classes =RM 75

Please email if you have further queries or require assistance in filling up the registration sheet.

Book your tickets now as seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Masterclass 3: Liberalism & Economic Development

Do government rules and regulations stifle economic development? What role can the government play in fostering stable economic growth over time?

How does the implementation of policies inspired by classical liberal values like protection of private property, limited state intervention and market freedom facilitate competition, innovation and progress?

This Masterclass will address these questions by providing a thorough and fascinating look into the history, philosophical roots, and modern day applications of the values and policies which are grounded in classical liberal ideology.


Dr Saumik Paul is an associate professor at the Nottingham School of Economics, Malaysia Campus. His research focuses on development, political economy and labor.

Dr Khalid Jaafar is the executive director of Institut Kajian Dasar, an organisation dedicated to cultural revivalism, the construction of civil society and the promotion of interaction between the ASEAN states and other states beyond the Southeast Asian region.

Wan Saiful Wan Jan is the founder and CEO of IDEAS, a libertarian think tank dedicated to promoting solutions founded on the principles of rule of law, limited government, free markets, and individual liberty.

Dr Wong Chin Huat is a senior fellow at the Penang Institute, a public policy think-tank, and a political scientist who actively advocates electoral reform, civil liberties and decentralisation.