Amongst the priority areas that the Centre is working on are the following:
Interfaith dialogue and freedom of religion: Work focuses on review of policies that have had major impact-both positive and negative –on national unity and the chasm between different religious groups in Malaysia. Arising from the review, appropriate policy interventions will be put forward. Roundtables, seminars and discussion panels will be conducted to propose corrective actions and therefore strengthen unity, freedom of religion, interfaith dialogue and social cohesion.
Women and Gender Equality
Gender equality is an important aspect for sustainable development. CPPS has a steadfast commitment to promote women’s empowerment, eliminate gender-based discrimination and enhance equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development and human rights.
To ensure that Malaysia does not lag behind in the global economy, it is necessary to review Malaysia’s international competitiveness. Work focuses on addressing the constraints that impede the progress of socio-economic growth and ways to strengthen social-economic growth.
There is a new urgency for educational reform to enable Malaysian youth to remain relevant in a globalised economy. Areas of intervention include but not limited to recommending specific changes to improve policies, education pedagogy and educational institutions.
Transparency and Good Governance
Commitment to the causes of improving democratic processes and transparency is crucial to sustain and improve a well-functioning society. CPPS aims at strengthening good governance in Malaysia.
At the core of sustainable development is an approach to development that looks to balance different, and often competing, needs against an awareness of the environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society. All too often, development is driven by one particular need, without fully considering the wider or future impacts.