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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:14

By Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz. First published in The Star 20 April 2012

UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited Malaysia last week, after nearly two decades of what our Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak termed “benign neglect”, at least in political and diplomatic terms, for throughout that time the people-to-people relationships have remained exceptionally strong. As Mr Cameron mentioned in his speeches at the events hosted by the Global Movement of the Moderates and the Asean Business Club last week, thousands of Malaysians are educated in the UK or study for British qualifications. He also highlighted the significant and growing business and trade links between the two countries. It is little surprise that these themes formed the core of Mr Cameron’s speeches, but it is worth assessing some other aspects of the relationship too.

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China Property Markets Scorecard: Conditions for Small Businesses PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:38

Property rights are among the most fundamental principles enshrined in Article 17 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and constitutionally protected in most states. Despite this worldwide legal recognition of the importance of property rights to building peaceful, democratic, and prosperous societies, access to and protection of property rights vary greatly in practice. What is more, in many countries understanding of property rights often remains limited to property titles, without deeper appreciation of the underlying and interconnected institutions that make property rights meaningful and allow property markets to function.

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Prof. Mao Yushi from Unirule Institute of Economics, the winner of 2012 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 14:43

Washington, D.C.—The Cato Institute has announced that Mao Yushi, one of China’s most outspoken and influential activists for individual rights and free markets, has been named the 2012 winner of the Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty.

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Our schools are better than USA, UK, and Germany? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:02

By Wan Saiful Wan Jan. First published in The Edge 8 April 2012 and The Malaysian Insider 9 April 2012

In his speech closing the National Higher Education Carnival 2012 last Saturday, 31 March, deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin claimed that Malaysia was ranked 14th globally for the quality of our education system. He added that this means our younger generation is receiving a better quality education compared to those in America, United Kingdom and Germany.

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Choice, Competition and the Role of Private Providers in the Malaysian School System PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 July 2011 10:26

 

This report examines whether or not choice and competition exist in the current Malaysian school system and how choice and competition can be strengthened. It also provides an overview of existing models that utilise market competition from several different countries. The five key research questions asked if choice and competition exist; whether there are any barriers to greater choice and competition; what models currently exist; what can be learned from the various models; and how Malaysia can bring more choice and competition into the school system.

 

 
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