How can I join MPPC 2017?

MPPC 2017 application will be divided into 2 categories. You may choose to join as a participant or as a public audience. The description is as follows:

Participant: A participant will be competing in the Residential Challenge that is set to be on the 19th and 20th August 2017. Participants may apply individually (individual applicants will be teamed up) or in a team of 4 to compete in teams in devising a policy relevant to the theme of MPPC 2017. This aspect of the competition is similar to a Hackathon where in a span of 48 hours, teams are expected to come up with a policy and they will pitch to the judges in the Semi Finals and Grand Finals (for Top 5 teams) whilst having  mentors to guide the teams along.


Public audience: A public audience will not be competing in the Residential Challenge’s competition aspect but will have full access to the programmes on the first day (seminars, workshops, etc) as well as the afternoon session including watching the Grand Finals on the second day. You will be able to interact directly with the participants competing in MPPC and be able to provide suggestions on policies and recommendations during the programme. A public audience will not be competing in the Semi Finals and Grand Finals but will be an audience witnessing the competition aspects. (Only Grand Finals will be opened for public audience to watch. Semi Finals will be conducted privately.)
We will be opening 40 places for public audiences. Registration is on a first come-first served basis. We will incur an entrance fee that covers 1 lunch and 3 tea breaks for the 2 days. The fees are as follows:

  • Individual registration – RM 20 per person
  • Registration in pairs – RM 15 per person
  • Early Bird – RM 15 per person (for first 10 confirmed individual registrations)

Who can apply as a participant or public audience?

Participant category is open to Malaysians who:

  • are currently studying or has completed a pre-u programme;
  • are currently pursuing a diploma or equivalent; or degree or equivalent (e.g. ACCA) in an educational institution; or
  • have just graduated from a diploma or degree programme, but has not commenced a postgraduate course or entered the workforce.
    Students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate. Teams may consist of students from different universities, colleges or schools both overseas and local.

As for public audiences, it will be open to youths in the age range of 18-30 years old (individuals who are born in the year of 1987-1999). Applicants may sign up in pairs of different age, occupation and background so as long as they fulfil the age range. We encourage applicants from all professions and courses.

How do I apply?

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

  • An answer to one of the participant application questions
  • Your latest CV

Link to the application form for the participant can be found here.


To register as a public audience, fill up the registration form and submit it with:

  • Your latest CV

We will contact you via email thereafter to inform you of the further details for registration and payment.

Link to the registration form for the public audience can be found here.

Is the event only open to Malaysians?

Yes. This event is only open to Malaysians who are residing or studying abroad or locally. Once you are confirmed to be a participant or a public audience you will have to be in Malaysia during the event day on 19th and 20th August 2017.

Is the competition exclusive for ICMS' associates?

No. Non-ICMS associates are welcome to join.

Why is the application to be a participant not open to Masters and PhD students?

As much as we would like to accommodate as many students from different education levels as possible, we are also trying to maintain a level playing field for all our participants in the competition.

We would encourage you to join as a public audience if you are currently pursuing a postgraduate course or working as long as you are between the ages of 18-28 years old.

What are the key dates for MPPC 2017?

Application commences: 20th May 2017 (both for participants and public audience registration)

Residential Challenge: 19th – 20th August 2017

Is there any participation fee?

There is no participation fee for participants in teams who are competing. The two-day Residential Challenge will be fully sponsored with meals and accommodation for the 80 participants in the top 20 teams.

As for public audience we will charge a minimal entrance fee to registrants who have secured their seats to join the event as the public audience.  This fee covers 1 lunch and 3 tea breaks for the 2 days. The fees are as follows:

  • Individual registration – RM 20 per person
  • Registration in pairs – RM 15 per person
  • Early Bird – RM 15 per person (for first 10 confirmed individual registrations)

A public audience will have full access to the programmes on the first day (seminars, workshops, etc) as well as the afternoon session including watching the Grand Finals on the second day. You will be able to interact directly with the participants competing in MPPC on the first day. We will be opening 40 places for public audiences. Registration is on a first come-first served basis.

I am travelling from outstation. Will my travelling expenses be reimbursed?

Depending on individual circumstances, a discretionary transportation subsidy may be available. Do contact us at [email protected] for specific details.

 

FAQ for Participants (Competition Category)

 

Can previous MPPC finalists enter MPPC 2017?
Yes they may. However, we have a strict policy of maximum 1 previous MPPC participant is allowed to be in the same team.
 

Who are the panel of judges?
Representatives from the government ministry and agencies, non-governmental organisations, think tanks, corporates and academia. The organising committee strives to ensure a balanced panel of judges in order to provide a holistic assessment of the public policies presented.
 

How are teams formed after preliminary round for the competition category?
After the deadline, the committee will then assess the essays submitted.  If you are selected, our primary form of team formation would be based on your application. If you applied individually, you will be teamed up with other 3 individuals in a team of 4. If you applied as a team, you will be placed together with your original team members. Teams who are shortlisted are not allowed to change their teammates unless there are valid reasons for the changes pending the approval of the MPPC Organising Committee. If any of the team members could not make it for the competition, the Organising Committee will select a replacement for the team from the pool of individual applicants.

Once you are shortlisted, we will be providing a Welcome Pack about MPPC 2 weeks prior to event day and you will be required to hold at least one virtual meeting with your team members in order to meet them and know how to complement the dynamics of the team as much as possible in order for the team to work together during the event days.

 

Is it possible to use the same essay as other team or other individual applications?
No, it is not.  Plagiarism is strictly forbidden.  However, different teams or individuals can still discuss and submit essays on the same topic and points but the final submission should be their own work.  It would be in the best interest of teams to diversify perspectives and focus on different aspects of preparation for the challenge itself.
 

What happens if an individual I recommended about MPPC, as indicated in the Jotform, is not selected?
Unfortunately, the individual would be unable to participate in the competition itself.  However, as we believe that this programme is of great value regardless whether it be a competition or not, we would cordially invite those who have submitted their application to attend the Grand Finals or register as a Public Audience if there are still places left.  Their attendance would contribute to the crowning of the winner of the 2017 Malaysian Public Policy Competition as 30% of the score is through audience voting.
 

What if a group has a similar public policy as another in the competition category?
The policy will then be judged on a few criteria.  Similar policies may be expected but it should not discourage you to present the same policy especially when your team has a different perspective on the issue.
 

What do I do if I am not chosen for the next stage of the competition?
We would cordially invite those who are not chosen to attend the Grand Finals to watch the Grand Finals.  Their attendance would contribute to the crowning of the winner of the 2017 Malaysia Public Policy Competition as 30% of the score is through audience voting.  It would be an excellent opportunity to network with our esteemed judges as well and with other participants.
 

How long is the presentation?
Each team will be given 15 minutes to present their slides, followed by a 15 minutes Q&A session by judges and/or members from other teams.
 

When will the results for the Top 5 teams in the competition category for the second day be announced?
The results will be announced during the Networking Lunch on the 20th of August.
 

What are the judging criteria?
The full criteria will be disclosed in the info pack.
 

What are the prizes given?  

I cannot find an answer to my question here. Who should I contact for assistance?
Feel free to contact us at [email protected] The organising committee will strive to reply your e-mail in a timely manner.

 

FAQ for Public Audience Category

 

Will I be able to seek for a refund once I pay the entrance fees?
We will not be able to provide a refund once you have made the payment. However, in the event you are not able to make it, you are recommended to seek a substitute for your place as the payment are non-refundable.
 

Are public audiences allowed to ask questions during the programmes and Grand Finals of MPPC?
Priority would be given to judges to address certain issues in their policies but once the judges have asked their respective questions, we would invite the audience to ask the relevant questions within the set time allowed for questions and answers for each team.
 

Why is there a category for public audiences this year?
While we seek to accommodate as many participants to participate in MPPC for the competition category, we believe learning is as important as the competition itself. Thus, we open our event for public audiences this year as we would like to provide this journey of policy-making experience to those who would like to learn about policy-making but choose to not compete.
 

I cannot find an answer to my question here. Who should I contact for assistance?
Feel free to contact us at [email protected] The organising committee will strive to reply your e-mail in a timely manner.

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