“Since the arrival of the eight pioneer foreign companies also known as the '8 Samurais' in Penang, in the 1970s, the state continues to have a strong presence of MNCs and Large Local Corporations (LLCs). Companies such as WD Media (Malaysia), Intel Technology, Jabil Circuits, B Braun Medical Industries, Osram Opto Semiconductor, HP Malaysia, Vitrox Technologies, Inari Group, Southern Steel, and DSEM System Technology hold much promise for business collaborations and opportunities,” said Mr Arham Abdul Rahman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of MIDA during the MIDA Invest Series: Unfolding States’ Business Potential held yesterday at the MIDA Headquarters.
The Invest Series event which highlighted the comparative and competitive advantages of investing in Penang featured a presentation by YBhg. Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon, Special Investment Advisor to Chief Minister of Penang. The event attracted over 250 participants ranging from embassies, business chambers and associations as well as industry players from the services and manufacturing sector.
During the event, Mr. Arham also highlighted the programmes introduced by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry as follows:
- i.The Readiness Assessment programme whereby up to 500 qualified SMEs can be part of the programme for free;
- ii.A loan guarantee programme for companies to invest in automation and modernisation;
- iii.The double tax deduction initiative to improve the employability of graduates and Industry 4.0 related skill competencies,
- iv.The Industry 4WRD Vendor Development Programmes.
“MIDA currently facilitates Industry 4.0 related investments through schemes such as Tax Incentives, Domestic Investment Strategic Fund (DISF), Automation Capital Allowance (Automation CA) and High Impact Fund (HIF). Multiple engagements with the business community are currently undertaken to highlight the opportunities that are available for companies,” said En. Arham.
The Deputy CEO of MIDA also said that taking into account that the various incentives and grants currently provided by the Government are insufficient to address the need of local companies, MIDA has established a dedicated team under the Investment Coordination Platform or ICP to assist local companies or SMEs to grow their businesses and investment portfolio. The ICP team works closely with equity and venture capital firms, corporate finance advisory firms, government agencies as well as local regulators and technology providers.
MIDA is the government's principal promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Starting operations in 1967 with a relatively small set up of 37 staff, MIDA has grown to become a strong and dynamic organisation of over 700 employees. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA today has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, @OfficialMIDA.
For more information, please contact:
Mr Sikh Shamsul Sikh Abdul Majid
Domestic Investment & Supply Chain Division, MIDA
Tel.: 03 2267 3766
Email: [email protected]