The Centre is a research organisation dedicated to centrist views in the Malaysian context. The core team members come from diverse backgrounds but all share a commitment to the values of non-partisanship, compassion and pragmatism.
We aim to communicate our research and views in a digestible manner for the benefit of all. In the same vein, we aim to have more than 50% of our output in Bahasa Malaysia.
What is centrism in the Malaysian context?
In the context of economics in Malaysia, centrism would involve questioning the balance between free markets and government regulations to deliver desired socioeconomic outcomes such as employment, decent incomes, affordable housing, environmental sustainability amongst others.
Concerning the social dimension, centrism believes in respecting individual liberty but balances it against the responsibilities of being part of a diverse society. With Malaysia’s unique demographics and history, centrism here attempts to find the workable balance between the expectations of all communities and the realities of managing a stable multi-ethnic nation.
We believe that our nation was forged with a centrist foundation. And we are now at a special juncture in our democracy where more than ever before, Malaysians are engaging in policy questions and taking their leaders to account.
To this vibrant mix we add our call to centrism, where problems and potential solutions are discussed with reason, pragmatism and a full appreciation of the evolving state of Malaysia today.