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We're excited to announce our first seminar for the year for the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network's Kuala Lumpur chapter. On the back of a tense election, the new administration is almost 100 days into its tenure, presenting us with a good opportunity to take stock of the regulatory, economic and political direction it is setting for the country.

First 100 Days: An examination of the Malaysian General Elections 2022

The margin of victory at GE15 was close, and after a short period of uncertainty, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim was appointed as Prime Minister of Malaysia. Coalitional politics is challenging due to many factors, and although there have been some encouraging signs over the past few years of parties working together, the current make-up of parliament will lead to higher political risk in Malaysia. We will examine what the administration has prioritised and how it has attempted to implement measures outlined in the five-year plan, as well as key positions in the cabinet and how policy could shift.

We will be discussing:

  • Insights from the election
  • Political and economic direction
  • Political stability and the state elections
  • Governance and transparency

We will be joined by industry experts, including:

  • Tricia Yeoh, Chief Executive Officer at Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)
  • Chin Huat Wong, Professor and Deputy Head (Strategy), SDSN Asia Headquarters at Sunway University
  • Ibrahim Suffian, Co-Founder and Director of Programs at Merdeka Center


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Doors open and registration
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Opening presentation
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Panel discussion
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Q&A and networking


  • Tricia Yeoh (Chief Executive Officer at Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS))

    Tricia Yeoh

    Chief Executive Officer at Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)

    Dr. Tricia Yeoh is CEO of IDEAS (Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs), an independent public policy think tank in Malaysia, where she has previously held positions of Chief Operating Officer (2013-2017) and Fellow (2017-2020) and Visiting Research Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Singapore.

    She received her PhD from the School of Politics, History and International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, examining federal-state relations and opposition subnational durability within dominant party authoritarian regimes. Specifically, her thesis covers the Pakatan coalition’s control over Selangor and Penang from 2008 to 2018 under the single-party dominant federal regime of Barisan Nasional.

    She was formerly Research Officer to the Selangor Menteri Besar at the Selangor State Government, and has previously served as Director of the ASLI Centre for Public Policy Studies. She is a regular columnist at theSun, the Penang Monthly magazine, and wrote for Selangor Times before it had to wrap up. She writes on national socio-economic policy and has delivered various presentations at national and international platforms.

    She is qualified in Econometrics and Marketing from Monash University, and holds a MSc. in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of Warwick. She sits on the IDEAS Berhad Board (for charitable projects) and is a Director of the Institute of Youth Research (under the Ministry of Youth and Sports). She was formerly on the Monash University Business School Advisory Board and Centre for Public Policy Studies’ Advisory Panel.

    She is editor of “The Spirit of Merdeka” (jointly edited with Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad), the book “The Road to Reform: Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor” and its Malay version, “Liku-liku Reformasi: Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor” and author of the book, “States of Reform: Governing Selangor and Penang”. Her documentary, “The Rights of the Dead”, which tells the story of the Teoh Beng Hock who died in 2009 under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s watch, won the Justin Louis Award at the FreedomFilmFest 2012.She is recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, conferred by the Selangor Sultan (Pingat Jasa Kebaktian, PJK), and the Monash University Malaysia Distinguished Alumni Award 2017.

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  • Chin Huat Wong (Professor and Deputy Head (Strategy), SDSN Asia Headquarters at Sunway University)

    Chin Huat Wong

    Professor and Deputy Head (Strategy), SDSN Asia Headquarters at Sunway University

    Prof Wong Chin Huat is currently Deputy Head (Strategy), UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Asia Headquarters at Sunway University. A political scientist trained at University of Essex, he specialises on electoral system, party system and parliamentary democracy. His political commentaries in English, Malay and Chinese are featured in both international and domestic media.

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  • Ibrahim Suffian (Co-Founder and Director of Programs at Merdeka Center)

    Ibrahim Suffian

    Co-Founder and Director of Programs at Merdeka Center

    Ibrahim "Ben" Suffian is an entrepreneur and innovator in the public polling sector where he has contributed significantly to better governance, policy development, citizen outreach, and democratic processes within Malaysia’s political system. He co-founded the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research in 2004. The Center has become a central player in Malaysian national politics by improving the quality of public debate, widening public participation in the political process, and contributing to the formation of a more coherent civil society.

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  • Sumana Rajarethnam (Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Sumana Rajarethnam

    Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Sumana is a senior policy professional with 17 years of experience. Having worked at several dynamic and vibrant tech firms, Sumana designs and implements policies through advocacy, strategic communication and evidence-based analysis. With a flair for writing and communication, Sumana is able to negotiate complex engagements & cultivate senior-level internal/external relationships.

    Sumana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from UCLA.

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The Majestic Hotel

(Majestic 1 room)
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin,
50000 KL

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you have any questions please contact EICN SEA

Contact Organizer

+65 65345177

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