INAS is a research consultancy network established in 1995 by a group of social scientists concerned with the sustainable development, history and heritage of coastal and maritime communities in Southeast Asia. Its earlier focus of research was on the Orang Asli or indigenous people of Malaysia .Since then it has broadened its perspectives to include sustainable development of all communities within the Straits of Melaka (Malacca), the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.


INAS is concerned for empowering human capacities to sustain built environments and to develop their full potential in an increasingly technological environment. It appreciates that the relationship between emotion and reason, science and culture, creativity and invention, ethics and profit is dialectical and relational and that people oscillate between social and pragmatic ways of thinking and doing things .Research and training by INAS takes into consideration the modus operandi of approaching people and communities through state, regional or grass-roots networks, strategic forms of intervention which are both dialogical and interactional and the best ways forwards to stimulate change in communities. It stresses on innovation, indigeneity, and modernity by considering the viewpoints of all parties, on various levels and assists planners, developers, politicians and activists attain compromising solutions to issues of development and urban renewal.


Knowledge is about knowing its infinite value in generating human wealth


  1. Conduct research on built environments which are zoned for redevelopment or urban renewal.
  2. Liaison with various parties to reach agreement on the sustainable development of the site or region.
  3. Issue documentation and media statements on conflict situations and resolutions.
  4. Promote sharing of ideas and documentation through inter GO and NGO networks.
  5. Publish books, videos and brochures on sustainable built environments.


  1. Intellectual and Cultural Property.
  2. Indexes on Confidence and Trust.
  3. Ethnicity and Multiculturalism.
  4. Community Initiatives in relation to State Planning.
  5. Networking among Go's and NGO's and linking NGOs with GrNGOs (Grass-roots Gr).
  6. Culture, history and conservation.
  7. Community based Human Resource Development.
  8. Life-Long Learning.


Remember to Remember these Statements

"Research data is like unprocessed food. To cook it, we need to Master disciplines, theories, methodologies and Systems of ideas. Like masterchefs, research analysts can do that and more-they can Influence the Future".
W.J.Karim (INAS 2009)

"Investing in Research is Profitable in that one can Know which Ideas can Work according to one's Ability and the Context of the Business. Research makes one a Trend Setter".
W.J.Karim (INAS 2009)

"The Best Machines are made by the Best Humans but Humans are Better than Machines. They Think, Reason, Plan and Precide".
W.J.Karim (INAS 2009)

"Research is about Building New Knowledge from the Old. Old is good, New is only good if the Old IS".
W.J.Karim (INAS 2009)

"Gender is about the Democratisation of Knowledge. Women Inspire us to Seek it".
W.J.Karim (INAS 2009)

"A Leader is always a Learner; a Learner is always a Thinker and a Thinker a Leader".
W.J.Karim (INAS 2009)

"The Silent Ones Know the Most, the Noisy Ones the Least. Ever the Twain shall Meet!".
W.J.Karim (INAS 2009)