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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 2023?

The Malaysian Public Policy Competition (MPPC) 2023 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 2023 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 2023!


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

Not anymore. The Grand Finals will be held physically at Sunway University, and so all finalists would need to be present at the venue. However, the Immersion Day, Preliminaries and Semi-Finals will be fully virtual.


Can previous MPPC participants enter MPPC 2023?

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 2023?

The application for MPPC 2023 will be open from the 30th of June until the 20th 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 2023?

There will be no charges to participate.


What is the structure of MPPC 2023?
MPPC 2023 is split into 3 parts, the Pre-Event, Event Days and a Post-Event. 

  • Pre-Event: Pre-MPPC Immersion Day (29th July)

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 (13th, 26th & 27th 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 2023

What are the key dates for MPPC 2023?
  • 15th July – MPPC Roadshow
  • 29th July – Pre- Event Immersion Day
  • 5th August – Preliminaries
  • 13th August – Semi-Finals (Top 14 teams)
  • 26th-27th August – Grand Finals (Top 6 teams)
  • A Roadshow will be held on 15 July 2023, whereby there will be a promotional panel discussion involving esteemed industry professionals to raise awareness about policy-making and create hype around this year’s competition.
  • Prior to the Preliminaries, successful applicants will be invited to attend an Immersion Day that will be held on 29 July 2023. Participants can expect a briefing on competition expectations, a policy-making workshop and informational panel sessions to learn about the know-how of public policy-making before they start curating their policy memos.

Is it compulsory to attend both days of MPPC?

Yes, it is compulsory for all participants to attend both days of MPPC 2023 (Immersion Day held on the 29th of July and Preliminaries held on the 5th 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 2023 be conducted physically or virtually?
MPPC 2023 will be carried out virtually, with the exception of the Grand Finals  which will happen physically at Sunway University.
How should I prepare for the competition rounds?
  • Do some research and read up in advance on existing public policies and those relevant to the theme, AI in the workplace: Revolutionising employment in Malaysia, to familiarise yourself with policy memos. A helpful tip would be to search in Malay for information publicly made available by the government to identify the policy gaps in existing policies in Malaysia.
  • It is also important to know that a policy is not a project or a program.

Policies generally describe how people should behave, how services should be run etc, while projects tell people and services to do one specific thing as a once-off incident.

For example, which of the following is a policy?

  1. Building an eco-park to curb deforestation.❌
  2. Restricting the deforestation quota to X number of trees to curb deforestation.✅


Is there mentorship or guidance provided during the competition?
  • Each team will be assigned two mentors to guide participants throughout the competition duration of three weeks, leading up to the Grand Finals, to aid participating teams in the public policy-making process. Mentors come from the established ICMS Alumni Committee, ICMS’ existing line of Partners and Sponsors, as well as industry representatives invited from various organisations outside of ICMS, experienced in the field of public policy or the field of technology.
  • Prior to the Preliminaries, successful applicants will be invited to attend an Immersion Day that will be held on 29 July 2023. Participants can expect a briefing on competition expectations, a policy-making workshop and informational panel sessions to learn about the know-how of public policy-making before they start curating their policy memos. Moreover, all participants will have access to an Information Pack to guide them throughout the competition, including a public policy-making and Google Sites presentation guideline, judging rubrics and relevant reading materials.
When is the deadline to apply?

The 20th of July 2023 (Wednesday) 11:59pm MYT

How do I know if I am shortlisted?
  • Your essays written in the application form will be screened and if your application outcome is successful, 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 : RM2,000
  • First Runner-up Team Prize : RM1,500
  • Second Runner-up Team Prize : RM750
  • Best Policy Memo Award : RM1,000
What other opportunities can I look forward to at MPPC other than the competition?
  • In addition to the competition itself, the Malaysian Public Policy Competition (MPPC) 2023 offers several valuable opportunities for participants to enhance their experience and broaden their horizons. Beyond the competitive aspect, here are some other opportunities you can look forward to at MPPC:


    • Networking with Event Sponsors and Partners: MPPC provides a platform for participants to engage with the event sponsors and partners. This presents an excellent opportunity to establish meaningful connections with influential organizations and individuals in the public policy domain. By interacting with these stakeholders, you can gain insights into their work, exchange ideas, and potentially explore future collaborations.
    • Networking with Like-minded Individuals: MPPC attracts participants who share a common passion for public policy. Engaging with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds provides a unique chance to build a strong professional network. By exchanging perspectives, experiences, and ideas with fellow participants, you can foster meaningful connections, establish lasting relationships, and potentially find mentors or collaborators for future endeavours.
    • Presenting to Ministerial Representatives and VIPs: The winning team of MPPC will have the exclusive opportunity to present their winning policy memos directly to ministerial representatives and VIPs. This chance to showcase your work to such esteemed individuals offers valuable exposure and recognition. Presenting in front of influential decision-makers allows you to gain visibility for your ideas and policy recommendations, potentially leading to greater impact and influence.
    • Knowledge Enrichment: MPPC typically features a range of workshops, panel discussions, and speaker sessions conducted by industry experts and experienced practitioners. These knowledge-sharing sessions offer participants the chance to deepen their understanding of various aspects of public policy. By attending these sessions, you can gain insights into current trends, emerging challenges, and innovative solutions in the field. This knowledge enrichment can broaden your perspective, strengthen your policy acumen, and enhance your analytical skills.
How can I stay engaged with the MPPC community after the competition?
Staying engaged with the MPPC community after the competition can be a valuable way to continue learning, networking, and contributing to the field of public policy. Here are some suggestions on how you can stay connected:

  • Join Alumni Networks: MPPC will establish an alumni network consisting of past participants and winners. Joining this network allows you to connect with fellow MPPC alumni who share a common interest in public policy.


  • Follow ICMS’ Online Platforms: Stay engaged with MPPC’s official online platforms, such as ICMS’ website, social media accounts, and mailing lists. These channels often share updates, announcements, and relevant content related to public policy. By following these platforms, you can stay informed about upcoming events, opportunities, and initiatives. It also provides a platform to engage in discussions, share your insights, and connect with other community members.


  • Attend MPPC Events and Workshops: MPPC may organise post-competition events, workshops, or seminars on various public policy topics or in the future tenure. Keep an eye out for these events and actively participate in them. Attending these gatherings provides an opportunity to continue learning, engage with experts, and network with other participants and professionals in the field. These events often foster an environment for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and staying connected with the MPPC community.


  • Volunteer or Mentor: Consider volunteering for MPPC in subsequent editions of the competition. Mentoring allows you to contribute your skills and knowledge while staying connected with the organizing team and the wider MPPC community. You can also offer to mentor future participants, sharing your experiences and insights to help them navigate the competition. Mentoring not only benefits the mentees but also allows you to stay engaged and give back to the MPPC community.


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

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