Application Process (Preliminary Rounds)

Interested applicants would apply individually or in a team of four.
Applicants will be required to submit:

  • application forms
  • CVs
  • 400-word essay through the MPPC website.

All submissions would be assessed and 80 successful individuals will be shortlisted. Top 20 teams will be formed as followed:

  • Individual applicants who are shortlisted will be teamed up with group of 4.
  • Team applicants will proceed in their own team.
  • Maximum 1 member of previous participants each team.
  • Teams may constitute students from different universities colleges or regions.

The top 20 teams shall compete in the Malaysian Public Policy Competition Residential Challenge.


Research and Preparation for Residential Challenge

The theme of the competition in the “Welcome Pack” will be announced 2 weeks prior to the residential challenge.

i. The “Welcome Pack” would consist of:

  • Guide on the thought processes
  • Public Policy making and presentation guidelines
  • Judging rubrics
  • Relevant reading materials
  • Itinerary

ii. A mentor would be assigned to each team for guidance purposes. Participants are expected to:

  • initiate consultations with mentors from the early stage.
  • consultations are likely to be done through google-hangouts; or
  • physical meet up with the mentor is possible if mutually agreed upon by participants and mentors.

iii. Teams are required to:

  • carry out at least 2 meetings physically or online prior to the Residential Challenge.
  • prepared for their presentation slides in advance
  • modify their slides accordingly throughout the residential challenge


MPPC Residential Challenge

The residential challenge runs throughout two days in the following format:

First day         : Learning through Seminars and Workshops

Second day       : Public policy presentations (Semi-finals and Grand Finals)

Participation in the first and second days are mandatory for all teams.

For discipline purpose, marks will be deducted throughout the preparations stage and challenge day itself for non-cooperation of a team. This would enhance the spirit of team-work and accountability as public policy relies on cooperation and team coherence in addition to critical thoughts on different perspectives.


First Day: Learning through Seminars and Workshops

MPPC 2017 aims to serve as a platform for the audience to gain knowledge, rather than only competing. By opening to the public audience, the discussion will be more fruitful as voices from different perspectives could be heard.

Participants will be exposed to different seminars and designed workshops including:

i. Training Workshop 1: Focus group session
ii.Training Workshop 2: Statistical Methods on Policies

*These seminars are subjected to changes.

Second Day: Public Policy Presentations (Semi-Finals and Grand Finals)

i. Semi-Finals


  • 20 teams would be allocated into 5 rooms, of 4 teams each.
  • 3 judges alongside 3 other teams in respective rooms.
  • Each team would present their proposed policy,
  • Each team would be given 15 minutes of presentation time followed by 10 minutes of “Questions and Answers” (Q&A) session by judges and/or members from other teams, with priority given to judges.
  • After all presentations, judges would comment and feedback accordingly.

The presentation is expected to be completed in 2.5 hours, including buffer time

At the end of semi-finals, during the Corporate Luncheon, the Top 5 teams that progress into finals would be announced. Top 5 teams are expected to leverage on the advice from their mentor to further strengthen their proposed policies.

ii. Finals


  • Each team would be given a 15 minutes presentation slot
  • Each presentation would be followed by a 10-minutes “Questions and Answers” (Q&A) session solely by the judges and followed by a 5-minutes open-floor Question Time by members of the audience.

The winners of the Malaysian Public Policy Competition 2017 would be determined through:

Judges’ deliberation :70%
Audience voting : 30%

Judges’ deliberation:

  • Judges would deliberate in a separate holding room for discussion and computation of the scores.

Audience voting system:

  • The audience would submit the voting slip they received upon audience registration.
  • The audience would select the most competitive policy according to a released judging criteria in the voting slip.

The Grand Finals is expected to be completed in 3 hours including buffer time.

The organising committee believes that diversity will manifest in audiences’ voting decisions, and this speaks volumes on the non-convergent interests of many stakeholders in public policy making. We hope to highlight this practical but important aspect of public policy making through the institution of an audience voting system.

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