APPROVED INVESTMENTS IN 2017 RECORDED RM197.1 BILLION
Last year, the global economy proved fairly resilient in the face of challenges. Despite being affected by inward looking policies by major economies, the year turned out to be better than expected with these economies growing in sync for the first time since the global financial crisis in 2010. According to a new finding by Grant Thornton's quarterly business survey, global business confidence improved at its highest ever level of 58% in Q4 2017. This was also the case for Malaysia as its economy exceeded all expectations and recorded a strong growth of 5.9% as at the end of 2017. This performance is above the GDP registered in the preceding years of 4.2% and 5.0% in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
LEVERAGE ON ACA TO INCREASE COMPETITIVENESS
The Automation Capital Allowance incentive which has been introduced by the Government in 2015 is divided into two categories. The first category is for high labour intensive industries namely rubber products, plastics, wood, furniture and textiles. The automation capital allowance of 200% is provided on the first RM4 million expenditure incurred within three years of assessment from 2015 to 2017. Under the 2018 Budget, the incentive for the first category was extended until YA 2020.