Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Malaysia Think Tank wins international award

Congratulations to The Malaysia Think Tank (MTT) for winning this prestigious award!


Press Statement (for immediate release)

3 December 2008



The Malaysia Think Tank wins international award


The Malaysia Think Tank (MTT) has been announced winner of an international grant from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation to help spread the virtues of entrepreneurship, individual initiative, wealth generation, and prosperity through promoting Ayn Rand's influential novel, Atlas Shrugged.


The grant of USD$10,000 is made possible by funding provided by American banking group BB&T and managed by Atlas Economic Research Foundation. MTT's application was selected from a pool of applications from all around the world.


Using this grant, MTT will organise a research symposium and a series of knowledge dissemination activities, including an Akademi Merdeka / Freedom Academy in Malaysia in mid-2009, and a seminar in Jakarta or Singapore.


Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Director General of MTT, said:

"Winning this grant from a pool of international applicants is a proud achievement for us in the Malaysia Think Tank. Ayn Rand is not yet a well known figure in Malaysia. The project we will run using this grant will probably be the first time ideas from her Atlas Shrugged are introduced in a systematic way in the country. It will be an exciting project."  


Yiqiao Xu, Director of Programme Management at Atlas Economic Research Foundation, said:

"Malaysia Think Tank has been selected to introduce in Malaysia the principles emphasized in Atlas Shrugged on the virtues of entrepreneurship and individual initiative. MTT's outstanding capability and experience will allow it to implement a successful project that will add ideas new to the existing intellectual understanding for a prosperous country."


The Malaysia Think Tank's mission is to encourage the adoption of the principles of free individuals, free markets, limited government, and the rule of law in Malaysia. The MTT is a non-partisan and not-for-profit organisation based in Kuala Lumpur, with a branch in London.





Notes to Editors

1. For interview please contact Wan Saiful Wan Jan via email or telephone +44 (0)7920 132233 (UK number)

2. The Malaysia Think Tank (MTT) is driven by the principles of free individuals, free markets, limited government, and the rule of law. Since our inception in October 2006 we have contributed to policy debate, issuing pamphlets on democracy, free trade, education and press freedom. MTT runs three main projects:

i.     The Project to Advance Democratic Institutions (PADI)

ii.    The Libertarian Education Project (LEAP)



Further information about the Malaysia Think Tank can be found on


3. Since 1981, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation has been the leading international organization for supporting independent think tanks advancing freedom. Based in Arlington, Virginia, USA, and founded by the late Sir Antony Fisher, Atlas believes the prospects for free societies all over the world depend upon "intellectual entrepreneurs" in civil society, who wish to improve public policy debates through sound research. Atlas' mission is: "To discover, develop and support 'intellectual entrepreneurs' worldwide who can advance the Atlas vision of a society of free and responsible individuals." More information about the Atlas Economic Research Foundation can be found here:


4. The novel Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's masterpiece. It integrates the basic elements of an entire philosophy into a highly complex, yet dramatically compelling plot—set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists. The theme of the book is: "the role of the mind in man's existence—and, as corollary, the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-interest." More information about Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand can be found here:

1 comment:

david santos said...

Nice Day for Malasian people!