SERI seeks to offer policy alternatives

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The role that think tanks play in the policy and intellectual development of a society has seldom been appreciated. The Socio- Economic and Environmental Research Institute (seri) has taken a whole series of initiatives to change attitudes.

There are think tanks, and there are think tanks. Penang’s own think tank, the Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute (SERI), is seeking to differentiate itself by playing a role as not just the state’s preeminent think tank, but also as “devil’s advocate”.

Set up in 1997 by, among others, Datuk Noor Ahmad Mokhtar Haniff , Lim Pao Li, Datuk Dr Leong Yueh Kwong and Datuk Dr Mohammed Anwar Fazal, SERI is headed by former Universiti Sains Malaysia deputy vice chancellor Datuk Dr Sharom Ahmat. Its executive director is Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament Liew Chin Tong.


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