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Read more information about the Malaysian Public Policy Competition 2022 here.

What is the Malaysian Public Policy Competition?

The Malaysian Public Policy Competition (MPPC) is an annual case-based competition organised by the International Council of Malaysian Scholars (ICMS) to engage Malaysian students in a comprehensive public policymaking process. During the main competition, participants identify pressing national issues under a selected theme and devise policies to address them. Over the years, MPPC has succeeded in delivering technical insights into the devising of public policies – from conception to implementation within a real-world context. A number of relevant institutions and organisations have also shown interest in the policies generated, with some even using these ideas to supplement their own projects.

Who can participate in MPPC 2022?


The Malaysian Public Policy Competition (MPPC) 2022 is open to Malaysian students of all academic disciplines who are studying locally or abroad, such as:

  • Pre-University students.
  • Those currently pursuing or have completed a diploma or equivalent; or a degree or equivalent (e.g. ICAEW) in an educational institution.
  • University fresh graduates who have not graduated for more than 6 months and have not commenced a postgraduate course.

Am I eligible to participate if I sent in my application last year but was not shortlisted?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for this year’s MPPC.

Am I eligible to join MPPC 2022 if I do not have a law/policy/technology background?

Yes, you are welcome to join us! It has always been MPPC’s aim to cater to a diverse pool of students, as well as bring awareness to Malaysian students in the areas of policy-making, especially those who have never been exposed to it!

Regardless of educational background, anyone and everyone can join MPPC 2022!

Am I eligible to participate if I will not be in Malaysia throughout the event period?

Yes! We warmly welcome Malaysian students from all over the world. The Immersion Day, Preliminaries and Semi-Finals will be fully virtual while the Grand Finals will be hybrid, simultaneously being held physically at Sunway University and virtually on Zoom.

Can previous MPPC participants enter MPPC 2022?

Yes, you may. However, we have a strict policy of allowing each team to have only a maximum of 1 previous MPPC Grand Finals participant.

I do not know anything about public policy. Can I join?

Yes, you can! No prior experience in policy making is required to be part of MPPC. Rather, MPPC is specifically designed to be beginner-friendly and provide step-by-step guidance, making it accessible to all students, regardless of your academic background.


How can I join MPPC 2022?

The application for MPPC 2022 will be open from the 1st of July to the 31th of July. 

To apply as a participant, fill up the application form and submit it with:

  • Your latest CV
  • Answers to application questions

You may choose to join as an individual participant or as a team of 3.

The link to the application form for the participant can be found here.

I don’t have a team of 3! What do I do?

Apply as an individual, and our team will team you up with another 2 participants who applied via individual registration! 

Would there be any fees to pay for MPPC 2022?

There will be no charges to participate.

What is the structure of MPPC 2022?

MPPC 2022 is split into 3 parts, the Pre-Event, Event Days and a Post-Event. 

  • Pre-Event: Pre-MPPC Immersion Day (14th August)

Participants will be invited to the Pre-MPPC Immersion Workshop to learn more about the policy-making process as well as network with relevant parties! 

  • Event Day: Actual MPPC Event Day (20th, 27th & 28th August)

On the actual event day, each team competes in presenting their devised policy relevant to the theme of MPPC 2022, to the judges in the preliminary round, the Semi-Finals and in the Grand Finals (for Top 6 teams). Mentors from the relevant industries are allocated to each team.

  • Post-Event: Beyond Paper Series

Selected teams’ policies (not necessarily just the winning teams!) will be selected to be reviewed by and presented to policy-making parties and prominent political figures.

Participants can also opt to attend post-MPPC networking sessions with these parties — more details on the post-MPPC events will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

*Post-Event is not compulsory for all participants to attend, and subject to availability.
*Post-event is subject to changes to the discretion of the Organising Committee of MPPC 2022

What are the key dates for MPPC 2022?
  • 14th August – Pre-Event Immersion Day
  • 20th August – Preliminaries
  • 27th August – Semi-Finals (Top 14 teams)
  • 28th August – Grand Finals (Top 6 teams)

Is it compulsory to attend both days of MPPC?

Yes, it is compulsory for all participants to attend both days of MPPC 2022 (Immersion Day held on the 14th of August and Preliminaries held on the 20th of August). Upon advancement into the Semi-Finals and Grand Finals, shortlisted participants will have to attend as well. Exceptions will only be made for health reasons or extenuating circumstances.

Will MPPC 2022 be conducted physically or virtually?

MPPC 2022 will be carried out virtually, with the exception of the Grand Finals taking form as a hybrid event (both in-person at Sunway University and virtual on Zoom). Those who advance into the Grand finals but cannot attend physically can present virtually.

When is the deadline to apply?

The 31st of July 2022 (Sunday) 11:59pm MYT

How do I know if I am shortlisted?

If shortlisted, you will receive an acceptance email from us. We will also inform you via email if your application is unsuccessful.

What are the prizes given?
  • Champion Team Prize : RM6,000
  • First Runner-up Team Prize : RM4,000
  • Second Runner-up Team Prize : RM3,000
  • Best Policy Memo Award : RM1,000

If I have more questions, who should I contact for assistance?

Feel free to contact us at mpublicpolicyc.icms@gmail.com. All email inquiries will be replied to as soon as possible. Do follow our Facebook or Instagram page for more information or updates!