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Saturday, October 15, 2011

MPPC 2011 in Pictures

The contestants preparing for the Semi-Finals

The semi-finals judges deliberating

Participants and judges mingling over lunch

Team Despereaux kicking off the Finals Round

The judges grilling the finalists

Team UT MARA 1 giving their presentation

Team Hamtaro's uniquely Malaysian presentation

The round of deliberation...

...before the winner of MPPC 2011 are announced

Team Building (AMTI White Paper Prize)

Team Hamtaro (3rd Prize)

Team Despereaux (2nd Prize)

Team UT MARA 1 celebrating winning 1st Place

Team UT MARA 1 (ICAEW Prize)

The judges, participants and committee of MPPC 2011

See you again next year!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Malaysia Public Policy Competition 2011 Committee & Alumni Group

     The organisers would like to thank all the teams for participating in the inaugural MPPC 2011, and we hope that the experience has been as enriching and enlightening for all of you as it has been for us. We apologise for any shortcomings on our part, and assure you that we will continue to improve to make next year’s event the best it can possibly be.

     The aim of this competition was to not only bring insight regarding public policy making to the public, but to also bring together bright, passionate youths who share common interests and dedication towards their country. As such, we invite all participants to join the Malaysia Public Policy Competition 2011 Committee & Alumni Group We hope to facilitate the Alumni with a platform to keep in contact with one another. We certainly hope that you have forged new friendships in this short period. If not, this would be another great opportunity for you. 

See you again next year!

Monday, September 5, 2011


The Malaysia Public Policy Competition 2011 is officially over!

Our16 semi-finalist teams were put to the test when their policy proposals were scrutinised by a panel of judges consisting of academics and professionals from both the private and public sector. After intense deliberation, 4 teams were chosen to proceed to the Finals Round. The finalists then battled it out in front of an audience that included members of the public. 

Congratulations to our winners!

Second Prize: Despereaux
Third Prize: Hamtaro

AMTI White Paper Competition: Team Building

Many thanks to all our semi-finalists and participants for supporting our event!
Read the winning AMTI White paper here.

Read about the finals in theSun newspaper: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/132552

Thursday, August 18, 2011

ICMS Industry Roundtable 2011

The Corporate Relations and Careers Directorate is pleased to announce the ICMS Industry Roundtable. This series of conferences with our corporate partners have been designed to allow participants to learn, engage and explore avenues for thought leadership. We have identified a niche demand among our peers for reliable, relevant, and professional publications that pertain to industry issues. We hope for these roundtables to introduce a certain degree of technical rigour that tackles specific industry issues - with references to selected industry papers. Additionally, we believe corporate figures have a wealth of experiences that will serve as a source of inspiration for participants. The ICMS Industry Roundtable will be a great way for participants to obtain in-depth insights into our partners' corporate culture, business and people.

This year's inaugural partnership with KPMG promises and exciting afternoon of serious discussion and interaction with KPMG Senior Management on sustainability in consumer markets.

Date: 8 September 2011
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Main Boardroom, Level 10, KPMG Tower 8, First Avenue Bandar Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya Selangor, Malaysia

2.00pm: Arrival of ICMS Members and Participants
2.05pm: Welcome Note and Opening Address by KPMG
2.10pm: Introduction to KPMG Core Business
2.20pm: KPMG Corporate Video
2.30pm: Opening Address by ICMS
2.45pm: Roundtable Proper: Sustainability
(Chairperson calls the Roundtable to order)
3.15pm: Open Discussion
3.50pm: Roundtable Adjourned / Concluding Remarks
4.00pm: Networking Reception, Exploring Future Collaborations
4.45pm: Photo Taking Session
5.00pm: End / Departure of ICMS members

**30 seats are reserved for ICMS members, 5 for non-ICMS members, and 15 for winners of the Malaysia Public Policy Competition 2011


This year's inaugural partnership with Citibank promises and exciting afternoon of serious discussion and interaction with Citibank's Senior Management on the US debt ceiling crisis.

Date: 9 September 2011
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Citibank Berhad, No 165 Jalan Ampang, PO Box 11725, Kuala Lumpur

2.00pm: Arrival of ICMS Members and Participants
2.05pm: Welcome Note and Opening Address by Citibank

2.10pm: Introduction to Citibank Core Business
2.20pm: Citibank Corporate Video
2.30pm: Opening Address by ICMS
2.45pm: Roundtable Proper: The US Debt Ceiling Crisis
[understanding underlying fundamentals, correcting global imbalances, explaining the role of government debt, understanding the implications of the crisis on the Malaysian market]
(Chairperson calls the Roundtable to order)
3.15pm: Open Discussion
3.50pm: Roundtable Adjourned / Concluding Remarks
4.00pm: Networking Reception, Exploring Future Collaborations
4.45pm: Photo Taking Session
5.00pm: End/Departure of ICMS members

**30 seats are reserved for ICMS members, 5 for non-ICMS members, and 15 for winners of the Malaysia Public Policy Competition 2011.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Alternative Malaysian Transparency Index (AMTI) White Paper Competition

i) Please feel free to use any citation method for your references/sources. Please state in your essay the citation method which your team is using.
ii) Please refer to http://www2.lse.ac.uk/socialPolicy/Informationforcurrentstudents/Plagiarism.aspx for standard questions on plagiarism.

Designing an Alternative Malaysian Transparency Index (AMTI)

Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) is one of the benchmark indexes to evaluate the relative levels of corruption among almost all of the countries in the world. In the most recent 2010 index, for example, 178 countries were ranked.

In the Malaysian context, Malaysia's ranking in the index has been the subject of some attention whenever the index is updated on an annual basis. For example, according to Table 1, Malaysia's CPI Ranking has tumbled from 36 (out of 91 countries) in 2001 to 56 (out of 178 countries) in 2010. At the same time, Malaysia's CPI Score has also slipped slightly from 5 (out of 10) in 2001 to 4.4 in 2010. (10 being the best score and 0 being the worst)

Table 1: Malaysia's CPI Ranking and Score (2001 to 2010)

For this portion of the Malaysia Public Policy Competition (MPPC), you have been tasked with an assignment, by the Malaysian Chapter of Transparency International, to devise a new Malaysian Transparency Index (MTI) that will be used specifically and exclusively to track the level of corruption in Malaysia. This purpose of this new index is to allow policy makers, politicians, academics, non-government organizations and other key stakeholders to better understand the underlying drives and sources of corruption and track these changes over time.

Your deliverable, which has to be completed through an online form by 5pm, Monday, 29 August 2011, will consist of the following components:

  1. A critical evaluation of why the current global Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) may not be suitable to be used in the Malaysian context.
  2. A proposal for an alternative Malaysian Transparency Index (MTI) to replace the CPI. This proposal will include details on the target group(s), the various areas of corruption which the index intends to capture, the method for collecting the survey responses, the practicality of the data collection methods, the methodology which will be used to calculate the index and the regularity of publication for this index.
  3. An argument of how your MTI can be used more effectively by the various stakeholders identified above compared to the current CPI.
Your essay should not be longer than 3000 words. Please feel free to include charts, graphs, slides and other visual aids where necessary.

When completed, please fill in the form below and upload your essay in PDF format. The deadline for this essay is 5pm on Monday, 29 August 2011.

Your essay will be judged according to the following criteria:
  1. The critical thinking demonstrated in analyzing the shortcomings of the current CPI, devising the alternative index and how the new index can be used by the various stakeholders.
  2. The creativity demonstrated in devising the alternative index. Out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged in the different processes involved in compiling and composing this alternative index.
  3. The attention to detail in devising the alternative index.
  4. The ability to 'put yourself in the shoes' of the stakeholders who will use this alternative index.
  5. The potential challenges which may be encountered in any part of the process of preparing this index.
Please refer to the following reference resources when writing your essay (especially the methodology sections):

(i) Transparency International Corruption Perception Index: http://www.transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi

(iii) African Development Bank Country Performance Assessment: http://www.afdb.org/en/documents/project-operations/country-performance-assessment-cpa/

(v) Bertelsmann Transformation Index: http://www.bertelsmann-transformation-index.de/en/bti/

(vi) Freedom House: Nations in Transit: http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=17

(viii) IMD’s World Competitiveness Report: http://www.imd.org/research/centers/wcc/index.cfm

(ix) Political and Economic Risk Consultancy - http://www.asiarisk.com/

(xi) World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report: http://www.weforum.org/issues/global-competitiveness

(Please do not buy subscriptions to some of these reports e.g. EIU and IHS. The free information on the websites will be sufficient to guide your research)

The winning team of this portion of the competition will be announced on Sunday, 4 September 2011, during the Finals which is the 2nd day of the competition. The winning team will be awarded the special prize of RM600, a Certificate as well as invitations to the ICMS Industry Roundtable Discussions hosted by KPMG and Citibank. 

All 16 teams which have been selected to take part in the semi-finals are REQUIRED to submit this essay. Some of the research which will be done during the writing of this essay MAY be useful during the two-day competition. The other 22 teams which were not selected to take part in the semi-finals are also invited to participate in this essay portion of the competition. The results from this portion of the competition, WILL NOT have a bearing on the overall winners of the MPPC Residential Challenge.

If you have any queries or clarifications, please direct them to mppc2011@gmail.com


Monday, August 8, 2011

Malaysia Public Policy Competition 2011 Semi-Finalists

After an intensive week of deliberation by the Organizing Committee, we are proud to announce the semi-finalists of the inaugural Malaysia Public Policy Competition 2011! Teams were selected based on a university-blind policy by a team of 9 people, taking into consideration both submitted essays and CVs. It was indeed a difficult process to shortlist 16 teams as we received very strong applications from all 38 teams.

The semi-finalists are invited to contest in the UCSI-ICMS MPPC Residential Challenge held from the 3rd September 2011 to the 4th September 2011 at UCSI University. Accommodation and meals will be fully provided for, courtesy of Corus Hotel and UCSI University. All team leaders will receive a confirmation email regarding their results of the preliminary round on the 10th August 2011.

Last but not least, the Organizing Committee would like to thank all participating teams for the overwhelming positive response to the MPPC 2011. We would like to invite the other participating teams to the seminars held on the 3rd August 2011 and the Finals held on the 4th August 2011 at UCSI University.

Congratulations to all our semi-finalists!

Lim Chee Yao, Nathanael Lee Yong Sheng, Matthew Elliot Jansz-Ch’ng, Ernest Siao Wei Horng

Jonathan Yong, James Benedict Yap Chun Huat, Sharmen Sekaran, Choong Wai Keong

Johann Oh Hock Seng, Ezreena Yahya, Loh Kai Tyng, Ong Kar Jin

Ang Jian Wei, Michelle Tan Mei Yi, Khung Siew Ghee, Ngai Jin Tik

Ananth Kumar, Keane Eziel Ritikos, Amarandaas Kaluvan, Hafiz Azman

Chong Lip Yi, Ashley Leow Yu Lin, Mohd Nazzeef Bin Mohd Nazri, Katryne Chia Phei Shan

Sebastian Lim Bao Jiu, Krizun Loganathan, Carolyn Wee Yan Yan, Sharanavel

Pang Jo Fan, Chu Kah Leong, Fong Wen Kai, Hun Thong Ding

Amanda Mun Yee Slocum, Leong Tze Lun, Lim Ser Siang, Qayyum bin Zainal

Jonathan Hwa Soong Yi, Hwa Yue Yi, Hwa En Ning, Kelly Lim

Andrew Lee Long Sern, Gan Ming Chiek, Pan Shan Ping, Thulsi Thivani Manogaran

How Zean Shiung, Prashanth Sundar a/l Kalaiselvan, Dinesh Thayalan, Louise Tan

Victoria Ngow Yingqin, Leannza Chia Hui Li, Elena Ying Ern Ong, Ng Siew Sanz

Matthew Liew Van Keys, Wong Chee Keong, Jonathan Muk Chen Yeen, Muhamad Wafi bin Muhamed

Maizura binti Mokhsein, Nor Emelia binti Mohd Shariff, Nur Atiqah binti Mohd Zaki, Mohd Shafiq bin Ahmed Bazari

Ain Aissa binti Mohamed, Aina Syazwani Salleh, Mohd Aerie Rashmond bin Rahman, Nur Asilah binti Mohd Nor

Contact Us

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