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ONE STOP CENTRE (OSC) FOR BUSINESS TRAVELLERS

Guide on Application for Entry Permission

In efforts to balance public health, livelihoods and economic sustainability, a One Stop Centre (OSC) has been set up by the Malaysian Government effective 2nd October 2020 to ease the movement of business travellers by expediting the approval of their entry to do business in Malaysia.

The One Stop Centre is represented by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Immigration Department of Malaysia (IMI) to ensure the legitimacy and health status of business travellers before they enter into Malaysia.

This Centre assumes a critical role in ensuring that Malaysia remains steady on the path of economic recovery and growth by enabling business travellers’ movement to do their business or work in Malaysia.

The establishment of OSC for Business Travellers consists of the following components:

  1. OSC Committee to evaluate and consider applications for Business Travellers entry;
  2. Business Travellers Centre (BTC) to facilitate the incoming business traveller’s entry to Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA);  and
  3. A dedicated website containing information and advisory services to facilitate the entry of Business Travellers.

The OSC Committee evaluates and approves two types of applications, namely Long Term Business Travellers and Short Term Business Travellers. The committee meets daily and decisions are made within three working days for each applicant upon receiving complete information.

Long Term Business Travellers

Long Term Business Travellers are business travellers that stay in the country for more than 14 days and holding valid passes. The applicants will need to adhere to the necessary requirements and submit their Entry Permission application online via MyEntry or MyTravelPass systems.

The Long Term Business Travellers who are required to submit the application via MYEntry system at https://myentry.myxpats.com.my are as follows:

  1. New/Existing expatriates stranded abroad, namely active pass holders of the EP and Resident Pass-Talent (RP-T)
  2. New/Existing foreign technical experts stranded abroad with Professional Visit Pass (PVP) to serve multiple customers across Malaysia
  3. Frequent foreign business travellers (Exit & Return) including RE/RO/PH representatives

Meanwhile, the Long Term Business Travellers who are required to apply via MyTravelPass system at https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/main are as follows:

  1. Permanent Resident (PR) Pass Holders
  2. Malaysia My 2nd Home (MM2H) Social Visit Pass Holders
  3. Frequent Malaysian business travellers (Exit & Return)
  4. Social Visit Pass Holders

Short Term Business Travellers

Short Term Business Travellers are business travellers that stay in the country for 14 days or less. These Business Travellers are required to obtain a support letter manually from the OSC secretariat for quarantine exemption prior to the submission of application for entry permission via MyTravelPass at https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/main under the category of Foreigner (Social Pass). This mechanism is a temporary measure while the upgrading of the MYEntry System for online application by Short Term Business Travellers is completed.

The category of Short Term Business Travellers comprises of:

  1. Potential investors seeking to do business in Malaysia
  2. Existing investors namely business owners, board members, executives and associates of companies in Malaysia (without Employment Pass)
  3. Business customers for product qualification and validation before commercial production
  4. Technical experts for ad-hoc emergency cases to serve single or multiple customers across Malaysia

The request for support letter by Short Term Business Travellers can be emailed to [email protected] by providing the following information:

  1. Invitation letter (from Ministry/Government Agency/Company registered in Malaysia)
  2. Detailed Itinerary
  3. Copy of Passport ID Page (Coloured)

Both Long Term and Short Term Business Travellers must obtain relevant visas (if applicable) from the respective Malaysian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate General Offices abroad prior to their departure to Malaysia.

Business Travellers Centre

Malaysian Investment Development Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Health is finalising the construction of Business Travellers Centre at KLIA which will provide the services of Liaison Officers as well as the COVID-19 test for Short Term Business Travellers. A dedicated website containing information and advisory services to facilitate the application for the entry of all business travellers into Malaysia is also in progress.

An announcement will be issued soon upon the completion of the upgrading of MyEntry system and the construction of Business Travellers Centre at KLIA for Short Term Business Travellers.

For general enquiries, please contact the OSC Secretariat at [email protected]  

OSC Secretariat (Industry Talent Management and Expatriate Division)
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
Level 20, MIDA Sentral
No. 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +603-2267 3633/3607

ONE STOP CENTRE (OSC) FOR BUSINESS TRAVELLERS


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Shah Alam, Selangor, 18 December 2020 – Panasonic Appliances Air-conditioning Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (PAPAMY) and Universiti Malaya (UM) have agreed to establish cooperation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Academic- Industrial Collaboration. The MOU signing ceremony was witnessed by Mr. Ahmad Khairuddin Abdul Rahim, Deputy Chief Executive Officer II of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

The signing of the MoU establishes a strong framework for strategic collaboration of Masters and PhD research projects, industrial training and job placements as well as research between UM’s professors, researchers and PAPAMY. The immediate scope of focus for this collaboration will be in the area of Industry 4.0 enhancement, particularly in the field of manufacturing and engineering excellence.

Mr. Ahmad Khairuddin commended on this partnership, saying “Panasonic’s presence in Malaysia is the prime example of how business and technology evolve as the Company has been continuously making necessary adjustments to reskill its talent and shift towards automation and robotics. While many companies are unwilling to spend for training during this turbulent time, PAPAMY has chosen to initiate an industry-academia collaboration with a reputable local university, UM that looks to elevate our workforce with relevant digital skills, resilience and agility to face the challenges posed by the uncertain economic climate.”

The Panasonic Group of Companies in Malaysia was first establishment in 1965. The Company has been continuously investing and contributing to the development of the Malaysian economy. Today, the Group continues to emphasise on human development based on the founder’s philosophy “People before Product”.

The Group’s subsidiary, PAPAMY was established in Malaysia in 1972. It continues to pursue targeted investments in its two facilities in Shah Alam, particularly in transforming its facilities into the Smart Factory concept, shifting away from more labour intensive manufacturing practices. Its facilities also include a regional R&D Centre to move up its business to undertake higher value-added and environmentally sustainable activities.

This MoU affirms the strong commitment of Panasonic towards transforming and empowering higher education through developing highly skilled knowledge and talents in line with Malaysia’s aspirations towards Industry4.0.

The Panasonic Group will continue to seek opportunities for further collaborations with top educational institutions and government agencies to establish high-level talent development programmes among Malaysians, complementing its aim of “Global technology, Local talent”.

As Malaysia is moving into the Industry 4.0 era that demands an increasing need for a combination of technical know-how, critical thinking, problem-solving capabilities as well as soft skills, our workforce needs to be advanced in fields of Industry 4.0 technology drivers such as Internet of Things (IOT) to meet the industries’ needs. MIDA hopes that this MOU which taps upon the wealth of expertise at PAPAMY and UM will be instrumental in building a talent pool that is industry-ready and dynamic for the future.

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For further enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Azlina Hamdan

Director, Electrical and Electronics Division, MIDA

Phone: 03-2267 3791 | Email: [email protected]

Datuk Moktar Bin Mohd Salleh

Human Resource Director, PAPAMY

Phone: 03-58914124

About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About PAPAMY

PAPAMY is the largest air-conditioning manufacturer in APAC region for Panasonic Group supplying to more than 120 countries around the world.

MIDA Bridges Academic-Industrial Collaboration between Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Malaysia (PAPAMY) and Universiti Malaya


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Cyberview Sdn. Bhd. (Cyberview) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) to leverage each other’s capabilities and strength in capitalising domestic direct investment (DDI) and foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities in Malaysia as their choice location for high and deep technology projects.

Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, says that the collaboration in attracting quality investment augurs well for the country’s economy as the market looks to get back in shape post the COVID-19 pandemic. “MIDA seeks to not only promote the development of our industrial ecosystems but also to ensure that the enablers are in place. This includes having the right infrastructure and facilities in place to cater to the requirements of businesses, particularly as we weather this pandemic. This MOU with Cyberview is undoubtedly a step towards this goal. As announced in Budget 2021, Malaysia is seeking to drive more investments in the fields of R&D, Global Trading Centre and Principal Hub. MIDA is optimistic that through this MOU, we will be able to facilitate our investors better as Cyberjaya could potentially be the ideal location for these investments given its well-equipped infrastructure and connectivity, comprehensive smart city masterplan and close radius to public and private universities supplying knowledge workers. We trust that it will translate more quality investments coming into Malaysia, particularly within the technology sphere.”

Najib Ibrahim, Managing Director of Cyberview, said, “We will be working closely with MIDA to entice and bring home sustainable investments in high value services activities including Principal Hub and Global Distribution Centers, innovative and technology-based services. We also aim to increase job opportunities, particularly in tech-related fields as well as encourage capital transfers into Cyberjaya, and ultimately Malaysia. We are confident that this MOU will enhance our city’s innovative ecosystem by spurring R&D&C activities, with efforts focused on technology clusters such as smart mobility, smart healthcare and digital creative, however we are not entirely limited to these three areas. These areas are part of our new masterplan for Cyberjaya that aims to create a unique identity for the smart city as a preferred tech investment location.”

“Forward-looking companies with innovation high on their agenda have been able to focus on gaining their competitive edge amidst the volatility and uncertainties of today’s business environment. Companies are now starting to recognise digitalisation and innovation as strategic elements to ensure business resiliency, continuity, and growth. Organisations that are looking for a quick start to their digitisation journey can explore global tech hubs like Cyberjaya that offers an innovation ecosystem supported by affordable infrastructure, a wealth of human capital, incentives as well as government and regulatory support,” Najib Ibrahim added.

The Government has mandated Cyberview to catalyse Cyberjaya’s journey towards becoming a global tech hub. In its new role as the tech hub developer, Cyberview will focus on key initiatives to advance the development of Cyberjaya, including efforts to cultivate a robust and well-developed ecosystem for the city’s existing and potential companies.

For media enquiries, please contact: 

Sikh Shamsul Ibrahim Sikh Abdul Majid 

Director, Foreign Investment Promotion Division 

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) 

Phone : +603 2267 6633 Email : [email protected]

Nadia Azmi 

Asst. Manager, Public Relations Strategic Communications & Marketing Business, 

City and Communications Division Cyberview Sdn Bhd 

HP : (016) 260 3520 Email : [email protected]

Note to Editors 

About MIDA MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About Cyberview Sdn Bhd Cyberview has been at the forefront of Malaysia’s development as a technological hub since its inception in 1996. Starting out as the landowner of Cyberjaya, it has grown from strength to strength, until maturing into its current role as the tech hub developer of Cyberjaya. For more information, please visit http://www.cyberview.com.my.

Investors and businesses that are interested in setting up operations in Cyberjaya can contact CISC for end-to-end assistance and facilitation. Services offered include facilitation of market and ecosystem-related matters, talent sourcing, expatriate processes involved and facilitation on land and buildings available in Cyberjaya. The centre also serves as a City Services & Cybercity Manager, facilitating enquiries regarding the township and community of the smart city. To get in touch with the CISC, do call or WhatsApp +603-8750 5170 or email [email protected]

Cyberview and MIDA Signed MoU for Collaboration to Attract Investments in High Value and Technology-based Services


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Extension of Project Implementation Period for the Manufacturing Sector


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Post Covid19 : New Procedures for Expatriate Applications and Support Letter MIDA


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– Expatriates with Approved Employment Pass (EP) and Professional Visit Pass (PVP) who are abroad – New Approved Employment Pass (EP) and Professional Visit Pass (PVP)

Entry Permission Application


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Kuala Lumpur, 3 December 2020 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Korean SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME), together with the Korea Desk, a dedicated unit jointly set up by MIDA and KOSME successfully held a ‘Korea-Malaysia Technology Matching Session’ from 30 November 2020 to 2 December 2020. This virtual business matching session is the second session of its kind following its first edition in August this year.

To ensure a productive session, KOSME shortlisted Korean companies seeking Malaysian counterparts for technology transfer undertakings, partnerships, joint ventures and OEM producers. A total of 12 Korean companies from various industries and niches participate in this three-day event. These include electrical and electronics (E&E), green technology and medical industry players.

Simultaneously, Malaysian companies identified by MIDA for the session were seeking to acquire advanced Korean technology to improve their operational productivity and facilities; as well as potential OEM or joint-venture opportunities to expand their domestic and global clientele. More than 50 companies in relevant industries actively participated in the matching session.

Malaysia and Korea have a long-standing business partnership. As at June 2020, a total of 387 manufacturing projects with Korean participation, amounting to RM26.6 billion (USD8.0 billion) have been implemented in the country. These investments were primarily concentrated in industries such as chemical and chemical products, E&E, petroleum products (including petrochemicals), basic metal products and non-metallic mineral products; creating more than 53,032 jobs for the economy.

Additionally, in the first nine months of 2020, seven (7) manufacturing projects with Korean participation were approved, with investments worth RM1.4 billion (USD331.6 million). These projects are to create employment opportunities for 686 people.

To sustain this investment momentum, the Korea Desk is mandated to provide hands-on facilitation support to Korean investors in Malaysia and promote further business partnerships between the two countries. KOSME is a Korean governmental agency that supports Korean SMEs by providing financing schemes, comprehensive training programs, consultation services and globalisation programmes.

In recent decades, Malaysia, through MIDA, has been welcoming high technology, high value-added, knowledge-and capital-intensive foreign direct investments. The agency has been leveraging an ecosystem approach in targeting investors to complete the gaps in the value chain of industry in Malaysia. MIDA is optimistic that investors will find the country’s well-established local supporting industry network and business infrastructure ideal to set up their operations to do business in the region and beyond.

Furthermore, MIDA has been strategically targeting projects for technological advanced products and services by staying abreast with megatrend developments, including Industry 4.0. Given the rapid evolution of industries in line with technological developments within cyber-physical systems, it is crucial for Malaysia to embrace this trend to remain competitive in the global business landscape. Collaborations between Korean and Malaysian companies in high-value sectors such as ICT, data analytics, design and development will be instrumental in propelling Malaysian companies up within the global value chain; enabling the rise of more local champions.

Companies are urged to seize the opportunity to leverage on the various initiatives and facilities offered by the Government to move towards Industry 4.0. These include Domestic Investment Strategic Fund (DISF), Automation Capital Allowance (ACA) for companies undertaking automation, Industry4WRD Intervention Fund, as well as Smart Automation Grant (SAG). More information can be obtained on the MIDA website at www.mida.gov.my.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and Youtube channel.

About KOSME

The Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME) is a non-profit, government-funded organisation established to implement government policies and programmes for the sound growth and development of Korean SMEs. KOSME, through its 31 regional offices; annually provides various financing schemes of USD3.5 billion for SMEs to expand operations, develop new products and convert their business structures. It also offers comprehensive human resource development courses in five (5) training centres, and runs 19 youth startup academies to foster young entrepreneurs in Korea. For the globalisation of SMEs, KOSME conducts overseas marketing and global cooperation programs through its 24 overseas presence.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Nazuki Abdullah 

Director, Domestic Investment and Supply Chain Coordination Division, MIDA 

Tel.: 03- 2267 3744| Email: [email protected]

Mr. Chon Yong Ho 

Korean Director of Korea Desk, MIDA 

Tel.: 03-2263 2500 | Email: [email protected] 

MIDA, KOSME & Korea Desk Join Hands to Promote More Business Partnerships between Malaysia and Korea


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Kuala Lumpur, 2 December 2020 – The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) today launched the Smart Automation Grant (SAG) aimed at encouraging the adoption of automation for industry players, particularly local manufacturers and service providers.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry said, “The Government, through the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is committed in driving Malaysia’s industry and businesses towards automation and digitalisation. It goes beyond having the right solution providers and talents in place; it is also about ensuring that the need for accessible financial aid is met.

The Smart Automation Grant is timely to boost strategic domestic investments that will assist and incentivise the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and mid-tier Companies (MTCs) to future-proof their operations, production and trade channels,” he added.

This SAG initiative is part of the RM100 million allocation within the National Economic Recovery Plan or PENJANA, which was announced in June 2020. This grant will be awarded on a matching basis or 50 per cent of total eligible expenditures, up to a maximum grant cap of RM1 million per company.

SMEs and MTCs that have been undertaking manufacturing or services activities in the past 12 months are eligible to be considered for SAG. To qualify for the incentive, the automation machine, equipment or software purchased must be used directly in the company’s value chain to improve their productivity and efficiency. Improvements will be assessed on a range of criteria such as reduction of unskilled workers, man-hours, defect rate as well as the increase in production volume. Interested stakeholders are able to submit their application for SAG to MIDA from 1 November 2020 to 31 December 2021.

“The Government is optimistic that this grant will see to a more robust uptake of automation and digitalisation efforts in the country to meet the technologically evolving global supply chain today. SAG will not only improve Malaysia’s industrial competitiveness and capabilities but also reduce our reliance on low-skilled foreign workers while creating new job opportunities in high value-added sectors,” said YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Furthermore, MIDA, in collaboration with selected panel banks, will be organising an Acceleration Programme for Smart Automation Grant to create awareness and provide financial guidance to companies on automation and digitalisation through a series of simulation training and evaluation sessions.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Masni Muhammad 

Director, Strategic Planning and Policy Advocacy (Manufacturing) Division, MIDA 

Email: [email protected] | DL: +603 2267 6786

Smart Automation Grant (SAG) to Enable Future-Proofing of Local Businesses


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Kuala Lumpur, 1 December 2020 – Malaysia recorded a total of RM109.8 billion worth of investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors for the first nine months of 2020. These investments involved 2,935 projects and will create 64,701 jobs opportunities in Malaysia.

Of the total investments approved, domestic direct investments (DDI) accounted for 61.2 per cent, or RM67.2 billion, while foreign direct investments (FDI) made up the rest of RM42.6 billion.

China (RM17.0 billion), Singapore (RM8.0 billion), the USA (RM2.8 billion), Switzerland (RM2.8 billion), and the Netherlands (RM2.4 billion) were the top five (5) sources of approved FDI for the manufacturing, services and primary sectors during the period.

For approved projects by state, the five major states namely Selangor, Sarawak, Sabah, W.P. Kuala Lumpur dan Pulau Pinang contributed RM76.8 billion (69.9%) to the total approved investments for January to September 2020.

The manufacturing sector attracted the largest portion of approved investments for this period, contributing more than half (59.5 per cent) or RM65.3 billion, followed by the services sector with investments of 39.0 per cent or RM42.8 billion, and the primary sector with approved investments of 1.5 per cent or RM1.7 billion.

Manufacturing Sector

In the first nine months of 2020, a total of 740 projects worth RM65.3 billion were approved compared with RM56.0 billion in 669 projects in the corresponding period of 2019, representing an increase of 16.6 per cent in capital investments. These projects will create 51,172 jobs opportunities in the economy.

The total investments approved in the manufacturing sector were mainly in the petroleum products including petrochemicals (RM15.0 billion), basic metal products (RM14.5 billion), electrical and electronics (RM7.7 billion), machinery and equipment (RM5.8 billion), chemicals and chemical products (RM4.5 billion), food manufacturing (RM3.0 billion), transport equipment (RM3.0 billion) and scientific and measuring equipment (RM2.1 billion). These industries make up 85 per cent of total approved investments for the sector.

Compared to the corresponding period last year, domestic direct investment (DDI) in the manufacturing sector saw a leap of 45.5 per cent to RM25.9 billion while the value of approved foreign direct investments (FDI) increased by 3.2 per cent to RM39.4 billion.

The states that recorded the highest total approved investments in the manufacturing sector for the period are Sarawak, Sabah, Pulau Pinang, Selangor and Johor. These states have collectively contributed RM51.3 billion (78.6%).

Meanwhile, the leading sources of FDI for the period of January to September 2020 were China, Singapore, Switzerland, the USA, the Netherlands, Thailand, Japan and Republic of Korea. These eight (8) countries jointly accounted for 91.4 per cent or RM36.0 billion of the total FDI approved in the manufacturing sector.

Service Sector

From January to September 2020, the services sectors recorded 2,180 approved projects with investments of RM42.8 billion. These approved services projects in the first nine months of 2020 are expected to create 13,390 jobs to the economy.

DDI led the total approved investments in the services sector, contributing RM40.6 billion (94.9%) where else FDI represented the remaining RM2.2 bilion.

Majority of the main services sub-sectors showed a significant decline in approved investments except for support services, MSC status projects and other services such as BioNexus status and software developments.

The top five (5) contributors of approved investments in the services sector were real estate (RM23.7 billion), utilities (RM7.2 billion), support services (RM4.0 billion), telecommunications (RM2.6 billion) and financial services (RM2.1 billion).

The support services industry under the purview of MIDA covered sub-sectors such as integrated logistics, research and development, green technology, integrated circuit design, oil and gas services and licensed warehouse.

In the first nine months of 2020, approved investments in the support services industry saw an increase of 17.9 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2019. This is contributed by projects in green building, waste management, integrated logistics services and energy saving that recorded increases of more than 100 per cent.

Primary Sector

In January – September 2020, the primary sector attracted investments worth RM1.7 billion. This sector comprises three main sub-sectors namely mining; agriculture; and plantation and commodities will create 139 jobs in the economy.

FDI dominated the total approved investments in the sector, recording RM1.0 billion (58.8%) while DDI accounted for RM653.2 million or 41.2 per cent.

Conclusion

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), commented, “While the COVID-19 pandemic is still a battle we are fighting to overcome with the rest of the world, the Government has never wavered in prioritising the needs of our people. We are striving to ensure the livelihood of our citizens and the sustainability of businesses, not only through this pandemic but for years ahead. Thus, the Budget 2021 cements the groundwork to accelerate investments in Malaysia to spur further economic recovery and create a multiplier effect on the economy.”

i) Among the initiatives within Budget 2021 directed to the business community include:

ii) A competitive RM1 billion special incentive package for high value-added technology projects including R&D investments in aerospace and electronic clusters;

iii) Income tax rate of 0 per cent up to 10 per cent for the first 10 years and 10 per cent for the subsequent period of 10 years to manufacturers of pharmaceutical products including vaccines;

iv) A 10 per cent income tax rate for a period of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years for Global Trading Centres (GTC);

v) An extension of the Principal Hub, Industrialised Building System (IBS) components manufacturing, and shipbuilding and ship repairing industry (SBSR) incentives’ application period; and

vi) Expansion of the scope of special tax rates to selected manufacturing companies which relocate their businesses into Malaysia or undertake new investments, to include selected high-technology services sectors.

“The Government, through MIDA, looks forward to leveraging these competitive incentives to scout and entice more investors, both local and foreign alike, to capitalise on the opportunities in Malaysia fully. We are confident that investors will derive value by taping on Malaysia’s well-established local supporting industry network and talented workforce to undertake high-tech products manufacturing and high value-added services. This is to cater to their clients in the region, in the present and the future,” added YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact: 

Ms. Manjit Kaur 

Director, Corporate Communications Division, MIDA 

Email: [email protected] | DL: +603 2267 3509

Malaysia Records Total Approved Investments of RM109.8 Billion in the Economy, Creating 64,701 Job Opportunities for January – September 2020


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Kuala Lumpur, 30 November 2020 – The volatile global economy, afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, has impelled most countries to implement assertive strategies to remain sturdy in economic well-being. Malaysia, as an open trading nation is not spared from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, more so on industrial productivity, supply chains and growth plans of many businesses. Bank Negara Malaysia predicts the 2020 GDP to be in the range of -3.5% and -5.5%. However, with the anticipated improvement in global growth and trade, given the gradual normalisation in economic activities, Malaysia projects a rebound of over 6% in 2021 with resilient fundamentals and well-diversified economy.

As the country steers to weather the on-going pandemic while capturing technical bounces in the economic recovery, the Government has undertaken several proactive measures to enable high potential investors and business travellers, whose numbers are relatively not large, and existing investors to enter the country to secure investments and build investor confidence. Hence, to attract more investments into Malaysia and sustain its position as the preferred investment destination in the region, the Government has established a One Stop Centre (OSC) for Business Travellers on 2 October 2020 to ease the movement of business travellers by expediting the approval of their entry to do business in Malaysia.

MIDA manages the OSC for Business Travellers with support from the Immigration Department of Malaysia (IMI), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and other relevant ministries and agencies to ensure the legitimacy and health status of business travellers before they enter into Malaysia. This Centre assumes a critical role in ensuring that Malaysia remains steady on the path of economic recovery and growth, by enabling business travellers’ movement to do their business/work in Malaysia.

The OSC Committee evaluates and approves two (2) types of business travellers, namely Long Term Business Travellers where their stay in the country is more than 14 days and Short Term Business Travellers for a stay of 14 days or less. The meeting is held daily on five (5) working days every week, while a decision for each applicant is made within three (3) working days upon receiving complete information.

As at 27 November 2020, the OSC Committee has received a total of 2,564 applications and 2,448 applications were recommended for approval. These Business Travellers include businessmen and technical experts providing technical advisory services and installation commissioning of the machinery and equipment.

MIDA is working closely with the Immigration Department of Malaysia and Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad to enhance the MyEntry System to further facilitate the Entry Permission applications of Business Travellers. This includes the establishment of a Business Traveller Centre (BTC) at KLIA which will provide the services of Duty Officers/ Liaison Officers and a COVID-19 testing laboratory; and a dedicated website containing information and advisory services to facilitate the entry of business travellers into Malaysia. An announcement will be issued soon upon the completion of Business Travellers Centre.

Currently, MIDA is in consultation with Business Travellers from 136 potential multinational companies that will require the assistance of the OSC in the near future.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Aizah Abdullah 

Director, Industry Talent Management and Expatriate Division 

Tel: 03-2267 3529 | E-mail: [email protected]

One Stop Centre for Business Travellers “Welcoming Investors, Keeping You Safe”


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Kuala Lumpur, 25 November 2020 – GD Express Carrier Bhd (GDEX), through its wholly-owned subsidiary GD Express Sdn. Bhd. (GDSB), announced the expansion of its warehouses, distribution centres and transportation fleet to cater to the tremendous increase in order volumes following to the booming of Malaysia’s e-commerce market. The project is scheduled to commence on 1 November 2020 and is expected to create more than 1,000 employment opportunities for Malaysians.

Further expanding the existing capacity, GDEX Group also intends to diversify its information technology (IT) infrastructure systems to efficiently support its operation in the regions for the next five (5) years. This novel system will include the future use of DeKAT (Social Commerce Supply Chain) to extend the logistics services and create a seamless supply chain facility to the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), social entrepreneurs and fulfilment houses; KITA (Last Mile Delivery Platform) an efficient hybrid model to provide 5,000 sustainable gig economy opportunities; and R’MADA (Fleet Operation as well as Maintenance Platform and System) to increase productivity and efficiency of fleet management.

Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), said “E-commerce has been the fastest growing sector in the global trade landscape and assumed to be an integral component in enabling the growth of supply chain industry. While Malaysia continues to create a pro-business environment, GDEX expansion and diversification will complement the logistical infrastructure in providing seamless and reliable services to e-commerce and e-fulfilment activities.”

Since its inception in March 1996, GDEX Group through GDSB has been developing feasible IT solutions to support e-commerce activities such as myGDEX. It is an online shipping platform to enhance customer’s delivery experience; cloud-based call centre and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) support to allow companies deploying call centre at any strategic area within Malaysia. It also includes the GDEX mobile apps for courier which will enable couriers to update the status of pick-up and delivery on a real-time basis; e-wallet payment acceptance and GDEX e-commerce integration which provides seamless integration with online stores such as WOO Commerce, Magento, opencart, NET SHOP, payex and unicart.

GDSB has been granted with tax incentive by MIDA to carry out Integrated Logistics Services (ILS) activities as an expansion project and e-commerce/e-fulfillment diversity project. The Government through MIDA provides incentive to encourage logistics companies to undertake logistics operation in an integrated manner, to adopt technology in their operations and to position themselves as regional e-Fulfilment hub providers in Malaysia. For the period of January to September 2020, MIDA has approved a total of seven (7) ILS projects worth RM708.9 million, including two related to the e-commerce/e-fulfillment projects.

“The ILS incentive came in timely as a catalyst for the Group to embark on the programmes in improving, expanding and innovate its operations and products offerings. It enables us to strengthen our logistical support facilities and capabilities,” said Tan Sri Muhammad bin Ibrahim, Chairman of GDEX. “This incentive will motivate us to continue with our vision to become an ASEAN courier and e-logistic company. The ILS incentive would also contribute positively to our effort to tighten up our operations and improve service quality. MIDA’s support and facilitation to the business community will go a long way in promoting a strong, resilient and reliable courier and logistics industry for the country.”

MIDA will continue to facilitate companies in their project implementations which subsequently help to chart the growth and development of the e-commerce sector; in result, positioning Malaysia as the Regional e-Fulfillment Hub.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr. Hazli Jemaat
Director of Oil & Gas, Maritime and Logistics Services Division, MIDA 
Email: [email protected]
DL: +603 2267 6791
Mr. Lim Chee Seong
Executive Director / Chief Financial Officer
GD Express Sdn. Bhd.
Email: [email protected]
DL: +603 7787 2228

About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About GDEX

Established in 1996, GDEX provides integrated logistics services for both domestic and international B2B, B2C and C2C markets in Malaysia. Supported by more than 600 network points, 1,300 vehicles and 4,400 employees, the company provides, among others, next day express courier service, customised delivery solution, international shipping, digitized shipping platform and warehouse fulfillment to a diversified customer base. After many years of continuous growth in Malaysia, GDEX diversified into South East Asia (SEA) region with first investment in Singapore in 2005, Indonesia in 2016 and Vietnam in 2019. The Group now employs almost 9,000 workforces across the region to build up its regional network. The strong partnership with Yamato Holdings Co, Ltd (GDEX’s 2nd largest shareholder) will enable both parties to capitalise on each other’s strengths to tap into the most lucrative ASEAN markets.

To accelerate growth on the regional front, the Group embarks on aggressive digitalization initiatives to make itself a digital company. Currently, GDEX Malaysia employs approximately 50 IT personnel and 100 IT engineers in its associate company Web Bytes Sdn Bhd which provides cloud-based point of sale system and solution. 

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Malaysia-China Business Forum: “New Normal, New Opportunities”

Kuala Lumpur, 20 November 2020 — The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) successfully organised the ‘Malaysia-China Business Forum: New Normal, New Opportunities’ on 18 November 2020, in collaboration with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) and China Construction Bank (CCB). The guests of honour for the event included YB Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister of MITI; Hon. Mr. Li Chenggang, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Commerce, China; H.E. Raja Dato’ Nurshirwan Zainal Abidin, Ambassador of Malaysia to the People’s Republic of China; YBhg. Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIDA and Mr. Felix Feng, CEO of China Construction Bank, Malaysia.

The event was conducted in a hybrid format by combining online broadcast and on-site panel discussion in the three first-tier cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. It was successfully attended by 75 China companies on-site in China and received more than 2,600 online participation and viewers from the China and Malaysia business communities.

The event was a timely platform to update China stakeholders on Malaysia’s business environment and opportunities. Representatives from existing Chinese companies in Malaysia also shared their success stories and experiences in leveraging Malaysia as their global operations hub.

YB Datuk Lim Ban Hong, in his keynote address, commented on the need for mutually beneficial and sustainable growth partnerships. It is not only between China and Malaysia but also beyond to enable dynamic economic development, “The signing of the historic Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement is significant toward realising a free and open international economic order. It reflects our strong commitment to international trade, connectivity, rule-based multilateral trading systems and enhancing the free flow of trade and investments. Malaysia is also optimistic that RCEP can be used as one of the economic recovery tools against COVID-19. The implementation of this agreement will help to ensure the opening of markets as well as an uninterrupted supply chain, including the establishment of greater trade integration and diversifying of production networks with China.”

Malaysia continues to be a competitive location for manufacturing projects with participation from China. In the first nine months of 2020, a total of 740 manufacturing projects with investments valued at RM65.3 billion were approved. Of these, China recorded a total of RM16.8 billion (25.7%) in 58 projects.

Speaking on the investment opportunities in Malaysia, YBhg. Dato’ Azman Mahmud remarked, “The Government is strengthening Malaysia’s investment environment by introducing multiple economic stimulus plans and incentive measures to withstand the challenges brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome Chinese companies to invest in Malaysia and expand our bilateral trade and investment, particularly high technology, knowledge and capital intensive, high value-added companies from China with a speciality in automated machines and robotics; aerospace and aeronautical; biopharma and medical devices; advanced information technology; new materials; and new energy vehicles and equipment. It will undoubtedly be instrumental in pushing our economic reformation despite the pandemic.”

China has remained among Malaysia’s largest trading partner for 11 continuous years, also representing the country’s top foreign direct investment source for four (4) consecutive years. Going forward, Malaysia, as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, looks to strengthen regional connectivity with China to complement each other’s advantages and expand bilateral trade and investment. China-Malaysia trade relation will have a further step in the post-COVID era.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact: 

Mr. Sikh Shamsul Ibrahim Sikh Abdul Majid 

Director, Foreign Investment Promotion Division, MIDA 

Email: shamsul @mida.gov.my 

Tel: +603 – 2267 6633

Malaysia Welcomes China Investments from High Technology, Knowledge and Capital Intensive Ventures


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Kuala Lumpur, 19 November 2020 – BiON Group of Companies (BiON)has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SIRIM Tech Venture Sdn. Bhd. (STV) today as witnessed by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) in strengthening and promoting the growth of bio-energy ecosystem. The MOU aims to develop potentials in commercialisation of “Waste to Energy” (WTE) activities in ensuring sustainable waste management in the country. The MOU is a testament to MIDA’s efforts in promoting investment activities which are supportive to the sustainable development goals in Malaysia.

MIDA through its Domestic Investment Coordination Platform (DICP) unit has coordinated with BiON and STV in business to business (B2B) meetings to realise the establishment of a technical cooperation between the two companies. This collaboration includes the distribution of gas energy through a Virtual Pipeline System (VPS) and the establishment of a bio-energy hub to monetise agricultural and industrial waste. Pilot tests will also be conducted on the production of Bio Natural Gas (BioNG) from existing biogas power plants and on other projects related to WTE in Malaysia and abroad.

The DICP unit in MIDA assists companies in bridging their technology and/or financial gaps, offers direct facilitation and engagement with technology providers and/or financial institutions, including private equity and venture capital firms.

“The collaboration brings together key local and international players from the bio-energy value chain to explore the opportunities and challenges as well as to chart the way forward for this industry. MIDA continues to provide the impetus for domestic and foreign direct investors in expanding their business portfolios and accelerate investments despites the challenging time due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dato’ Azman Mahmud, CEO of MIDA.

BiON has positioned itself as one of Malaysia’s most established waste-to-energy solutions providers and independent power producer (IPP) through the construction, operation and ownership of four biogas power plants which provide electricity to the Malaysian National Grid under the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) system. While it is the only company with biogas power plants operating two different systems in generating power through the treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME), BiON is also one of the only few fully-integrated service providers and operators in the country. Over the last 40 years, the principal operating company of the Group, BiON Sdn. Bhd. (BSB) has delivered numerous projects throughout Asia, including a World Bank funded project and a series of biogas capture facilities for FGV Palm Industries Sdn Bhd (FPI), a subsidiary of FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) which is the world’s largest crude palm oil producer.

In supporting the biogas industry in Malaysia, SIRIM Tech Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (STV), a wholly owned commercialisation arm of SIRIM Berhad assumes a significant role in accelerating business commercialisation. SIRIM has developed innovative solutions for the production of biogas in upgrading its quality to become natural gas-like fuel or Bio-Natural Gas (BioNG) in complementing the bio-energy ecosystem.

STV has recently launched an integrated commercialisation platform known as TECH Ecosystem to encapsulate an effective ecosystem given the Technology Readiness Level (TRL), a methodology to determine technology maturity during the product development cycle. STV also offers potential investors to access technologies evaluation in its virtual database known as ‘Technology Docket” which is readily available for commercialization. Realising the importance of digitalisation in materialising a healthy ecosystem, STV will soon be releasing a new iVenture Apps for best customer experience.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and Youtube channel.

For more information, please contact:

Nazuki Abdullah

Director, Domestic Investment & Supply Chain Coordination Division, MIDA

Tel.: 03- 2267 3744| Email: [email protected]

MIDA Bridging Collaboration on Waste-To-Energy Investment Ecosystem between BiON and SIRIM Tech Ventures Sdn Bhd (STV)


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Kuala Lumpur, 9 November 2020 – Malaysia continues to be a competitive location for manufacturing projects. In the first nine months of 2020, a total of 740 projects worth RM65.3 billion were approved compared with RM56.0 billion in 669 projects in the corresponding period of 2019, representing an increase of 16.6 per cent in capital investments.

These newly approved investments are expected to create 51,172 jobs for the country. The jobs created include 1,040 electrical and electronic engineers, 963 mechanical engineers and 331 chemical engineers. In addition, the approved manufacturing projects will also require about 5,499 skilled craftsmen such as plant maintenance supervisors, tools and die makers, machinists, IT personnel, quality controllers, electricians and welders.

The total investments approved in the manufacturing sector were mainly in the petroleum products including petrochemicals (RM15.0 billion), basic metal products (RM14.5 billion), electrical and electronics (RM7.7 billion), machinery and equipment (RM5.8 billion), chemicals and chemical products (RM4.5 billion), food manufacturing (RM3.0 billion), transport equipment (RM3.0 billion) as well as scientific and measuring equipment (RM2.1 billion). These industries make up 85 per cent of total approved investments for the sector.

Compared to the corresponding period last year, domestic direct investment (DDI) in the manufacturing sector saw a leap of 45.5 per cent to RM25.9 billion during this period while the value of approved foreign direct investments (FDI) increased by 3.2 per cent to RM39.4 billion.

The states that recorded the highest total approved investments in the manufacturing sector for the period are Sarawak, Sabah, Pulau Pinang, Selangor and Johor. These states have collectively contributed RM51.3 billion.

Meanwhile, the leading sources of FDI for the period of January to September 2020 were China, Singapore, Switzerland, the USA, Netherlands, Thailand, Japan and Republic of Korea. These eight countries jointly accounted for 91.4 per cent or RM36.0 billion of the total FDI approved in the manufacturing sector.

A recent joint study by KPMG and The Manufacturing Institute in the USA entitled “Cost of Manufacturing Operations around the Globe” ranked Malaysia fourth among seventeen economies in an assessment comparing the economy’s competitiveness as a manufacturing hub. Evaluating a total of 23 cost factors that impact the cost of doing business (CoDB), the study validates Malaysia’s aspirations to become a global supply chain hub in the region.

In efforts to increase the ease of doing business for investors in Malaysia, the Government, through the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has been intensifying its efforts to re-engineer its business processes to raise the efficiency of the organisation’s various functions. Among the initiatives that have been implemented include the [email protected] or the Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit to provide end-to-end facilitation for all projects approved to enable the timely implementation of investments in the country; as well as online modules namely e-Manufacturing Licence (e-ML), e-Incentive and JPC Online Application to accelerate the necessary approvals for manufacturing licences, incentives and exemption of customs duties to expedite the execution of projects.

Despite the on-going international border closures and strict governmental standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place worldwide to contain the spread of COVID-19, MIDA continues to be responsive in providing advice and support to existing and potential investors, through its established footprint of 20 overseas and 12 regional offices. It has been at the forefront to entice investments through innovative and aggressive investment promotion activities. Most recently, a One-Stop-Centre (OSC) has been established at MIDA to evaluate applications of eligible business travellers to enter Malaysia for trade and investment purposes.

As the principal investment promotion and development agency of the country, MIDA prioritises the push for strategic collaborations between foreign and local companies to propel mutually beneficial outcomes such as the transfer of knowledge and expertise across industries as well as the development of resilient supply chains and support network. These are stepping stones to nurture Malaysian companies to become truly global champions.

Notable projects approved in the manufacturing sector for the first nine months of 2020 include LEM (Switzerland), Dexcom and Ultra Clean (USA) as well as Nippon Electric Glass (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (NEGM). NEGM is to increase its production capacity of glass tubing for pharmaceutical use by approximately 1,000 tons per month at its Shah Alam, Selangor facility. To date, NEG has invested more than RM6 billion in Malaysia on various products. Its latest RM200 million investment project reinforces Malaysia’s reputation as a sustainable and profitable investment destination for companies looking to do business in ASEAN and beyond.

MIDA has also been focused on attracting quality investments in capital-intensive, high-value added and high technology projects. This is reflected in the increase of the capital investment per employee (CIPE) ratio to RM1,276,774 in the first nine months of 2020 from RM1,039,769 during the same period last year.

Malaysia is committed to working hand in hand with investors, both local and foreign alike, to accelerate the transformation of Malaysia as an advanced nation with inclusive growth and development despite the economic climate. Through deliberate and targeted approaches, the Government will ensure that the Malaysian economy remains steady on a recover trajectory amidst this pandemic by providing a conducive and favourable environment to attract businesses.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel. 

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Manjit Kaur 

Director, Corporate Communications Division, MIDA 

Email: [email protected] | DL: +603 2267 3509

Malaysia Continues to be a Vibrant Manufacturing Hub, Recording RM65.3 Billion of Approved Investments in the Manufacturing Sector for Jan – Sept 2020


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Kuala Lumpur, 5 November 2020 – The Eppendorf Group, a leading German life science company, marked its 20 years footprint in Malaysia this year, moving into its new facility in Symphony Square, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Home to the Asia Pacific Headquarters of Eppendorf, Malaysia was selected as the first Asian country in 2008 to serve the Group’s operation in this part of the region. This shift speaks volumes of the confidence Eppendorf has in Malaysia.

“We are excited that Malaysia continues to be our base to serve Eppendorf’s clients in Southeast Asia and beyond. Therefore, and in order to continue further growing, we are very happy that we were able to move into the new facility at the Symphony Square,” said Eva van Pelt, Co-CEO of Eppendorf AG. “This newly integrated centre will be home to our shared services hub, covering functions such as IT, HR as well as Finance and Controlling, for the Group’s operations in the Asia Pacific (excluding China), Middle East and Africa. It is also home to the Southeast Asian sales and marketing operations of Eppendorf, and will enable us to support our customers in the region even better in the future.”

Further expanding the existing capacity, Eppendorf’s new office features a fully equipped demonstration area for Eppendorf products, a comprehensive on-site service and repair department as well as application laboratories and training areas. This centre is set up not only to host a broad group of the Eppendorf staff across the globe for annual training sessions on products and laboratory techniques, but it will also be open for customers to see and try out products in real laboratory settings, enhancing their overall customer experience.

Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) congratulated Eppendorf on their significant milestone in Malaysia, “The evolution of the Eppendorf’s activities in Malaysia is in line with our aspirations to transition into a knowledge-based economy. We are proud that this new hub will employ more than 50 life scientists, engineers and other specialists providing technical and scientific application support, business intelligence, sales and marketing support and shared services. MIDA is constantly looking for opportunities to collaborate with commendable companies such as Eppendorf that bring frontier products and technology to our country. With this new venture, we look forward to Eppendorf taking this strategic partnership with Malaysia to the next level, further leveraging on the existing investment ecosystem and facilities to grow your business in the region.”

Currently, Eppendorf products are in particularly high demand in COVID-19 testing laboratories and test kit manufacturing facilities. Research facilities working on vaccines also utilise a wide range of Eppendorf products such as pipettes, centrifuges, automated liquid handling, CO2 incubators, consumables, freezers, shakers and dispensers.

For the period of January to June 2020, MIDA has approved 17 medical devices manufacturing projects worth RM2.0 billion (USD 0.5 billion). As of 2019, a total of 402 medical devices projects with investments worth RM20.5 billion (USD 5.6 billion) have been implemented in Malaysia, creating more than 76,500 jobs for the country.

Dato’ Azman highlighted that Malaysia continues to be the choice investment location, despite the current global uncertainty, “As a diversified economy with world-class infrastructure, Malaysia provides tremendous business opportunities, especially for global companies seeking to access the wider market in the Asia Pacific region. Investors, such as Eppendorf, are increasingly taking note of our competitive advantages given the unprecedented supply chain re-calibrations due to the current pandemic. MIDA looks to be at the forefront to entice more quality investments in the areas of technology and innovation to position Malaysia as an alternative supply chain hub in Asia.”

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For more information, please contact:

Ms. Rosedalina Ramlan 

Director, Business Services and Regional Operations (BRO) Division, MIDA

Email: [email protected] DL: +603 2267 3515

Ms. Shim Yok Lam 

Zone Director, Eppendorf Southeast Asia 

Email: [email protected] DL: +603 7610 5200

About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About Eppendorf

Eppendorf is a leading life science company that develops and sells instruments, consumables, and services for liquid, sample, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide. Its product range includes pipettes and automated pipetting systems, dispensers, centrifuges, mixers, spectrometers, and DNA amplification equipment as well as ultra-low temperature freezers, fermentors, bioreactors, CO2 incubators, shakers, and cell manipulation systems. Consumables such as pipette tips, test tubes, microtiter plates, and single-use bioreactors complement the range of highest-quality premium products.

Eppendorf products are most broadly used in academic and commercial research laboratories, e.g., in companies from the pharmaceutical and biotechnological as well as the chemical and food industries. They are also used in laboratories that perform clinical or environmental analysis, in forensic laboratories, and in industrial laboratories where process analysis, production and quality assurance are performed.

Eppendorf was founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1945 and currently has more than 4,000 employees worldwide. The company has subsidiaries in 26 countries and is represented in all its other important markets by distributors.

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Kuala Lumpur, 3 November 2020 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) in collaboration with Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM) and the Federation of Fashion Textile & Apparel (FMFTA) organised the ‘Design Development & Innovation 2020’, a one-day virtual conference themed ‘Creating a Sustainable Fashion Brand’ today.

The event which was streamed live from the MIDA Headquarters brought together prominent industry stakeholders and garnered over 600 registered participants. It is part of MIDA’s on-going efforts to emphasise the importance of merging design and development with innovation to revolutionise the fashion and design industry in Malaysia.

Dato’ Azman Mahmud, the Chief Executive Officer of MIDA remarked “We are not solely seeking to build our fashion, textile and apparel industry’s manufacturing capabilities, but also our design potential given our large and growing local talent pool in the field. This is essential to ensure the industry’s long term sustainability and to attract higher quality investments, particularly in the industry’s upstream sub-sector.”

As of June 2020, more than 1,800 textiles and apparels projects have been implemented and are in production in Malaysia, with investments of RM22 billion. These projects have created over 240,000 jobs.

He added, “The Government, through MIDA, is intensifying our efforts to spur stakeholders to adopt higher value-added processes and technologies. There are various support and facilitation for local companies to make a move towards Industry 4.0 through initiatives such as Domestic Investment Strategic Fund (DISF), Industry4wrd Intervention Fund and Automation Capital Allowance. But to truly achieve tangible outcomes, more needs to be done collectively as an active industry to increase focus on automation, talent, skills and innovation.”

The Forum provided opportunities for participants to engage and learn from the esteemed panellists, including representatives from Ben Sherman & Diesel, Burberry, Bonia, Anakku, Audrey and Foundationals; academic scientists as well as research scholars. The panellists shared on brand sustainability in the fashion industry, particularly formulation of efficient processes, creation of environmentally friendly products as well as the importance of innovations in the fashion, textile and apparel industry.

The event also showcased local young creative talents through the ‘Creative Design Competition’ for new creations in Design, Development & Innovation categories. The winners were awarded cash prizes and accredited by MRM under the MRM Standard 01:2020 as a Certified Industrial Designer (CID).

The event closed with a Biz-Consult programme, participated by MIDA, MATRADE, MRM, MIDF, SME Corp and SME Bank. The platform enabled industry players to directly engage and consult with relevant stakeholders on their business concerns and available support.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the Government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Najihah Abas
Director of Building Technology and Lifestyle Division, MIDA
Tel.: 03-2267 6717 | Email: [email protected]

MIDA, MRM and FMFTA Host ‘Design Development & Innovation 2020’ Virtual Conference


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Kuala Lumpur, 27 October 2020 – Nippon Electric Glass (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (NEGM) will be expanding its production capacity of glass tubing for pharmaceutical use at its Shah Alam, Selangor facility. This RM200 million investment project has been approved by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) in July 2020 and is expected to start operations by the end of October 2020.

NEGM is a subsidiary of the Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (NEG), a leading Japanese speciality glass manufacturer, producing high-grade pharmaceutical glass tubing used for pharmaceutical containers such as ampoules and vials. The Group supplies its products to laboratories and medical institutions worldwide. To date, NEG has invested more than RM6 billion in Malaysia on various products such as cathode ray tube (CRT), glass fibre and architectural glass.

In recent years, the steady advancements in medical technology have increased the demand for high-grade pharmaceutical glass tubing globally. Moreover, as COVID-19 vaccines are being developed around the world, concerns are raised on risks of the limited supply of the necessary containers used during clinical trials. Therefore, the Company hopes to play its part to control the COVID-19 pandemic and its eventual cure in vaccine production by ramping up the production capacity of its niche product.

Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, welcomed NEGM’s expansion saying, “Malaysia is proud to be the preferred location for NEGM projects since its establishment here in 1991. As the only company in the region producing high-grade glass tubing for pharmaceutical use, this expansion reinforces our reputation as a sustainable and profitable investment destination for companies looking to do business in ASEAN and beyond.”

“Moreover, NEGM expansion is timely as the Company seeks to increase its production to not only expound on the industry’s growth but to carry out its humanitarian role in responding to the market’s needs during this pandemic. We look forward to NEGM’s successes and continual participation in Malaysia’s industrial ecosystem through on-going talent and vendor development programmes. Together, we can achieve more despite the challenging business climate,” he added.

At present, NEGM employs approximately 1,000 Malaysian workers. Its latest project will increase the Group’s production capacity of glass tubing for pharmaceutical use by about 1,000 tons per month. This translates to a 30 per cent increase in the Company’s current production capacity.

Although the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak had temporarily delayed the construction for the expansion undertaking, work has resumed with the facilitation of MIDA and local authorities, with strict adherence to prevailing standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Indeed, since the 1980s, Japan has been among Malaysia’s largest source of foreign direct investments in the manufacturing sector. As at December 2019, a total of 2,712 manufacturing projects with Japanese participation, valued at RM88.2 billion have been implemented in Malaysia, creating more than 346,000 jobs. Further to this, a total of RM1.1 billion in investments with Japanese interest were approved in the first half of 2020. These investments were primarily in the industries of food manufacturing products, electrical and electronics, transport equipment, machinery and equipment, wood and wood products, as well as paper, printing and publishing.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the Government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (https://www.neg.co.jp/en/)

Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan; President: Motoharu Matsumoto) is a leading company in specialty glass. NEG develops and supplies high value-added and innovative products in growth fields such as medical, display, automotive, information and communication, semiconductors and energy. In the medical field, addition to glass tubing for pharmaceutical use, NEG also produces among others radiation shielding glass, deep ultraviolet-transmitting glass and antibacterial glass.

About Nippon Electric Glass (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Nippon Electric Glass (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (Location: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia; Managing Director: Masaya Kubo) was established on 1991 as a Nippon Electric Glass group company. NEGM mainly produces glass fiber and glass tubing for pharmaceutical use, and is the largest production base for the supplies of these products within Nippon Electric Glass Group.

For more information, please contact: 

Ms. Najihah Abas 

Director of Building Technology and Lifestyle Division, MIDA 

Tel.: 03-2267 6717 | Email: [email protected]

Mr. Abdul Nasir Abu Bakar 

General Affairs Division, NEGM 

Tel: 03-5543 0000

Nippon Electric Glass Increases Production Capacity in Malaysia for Pharmaceutical Glass Tubing in Anticipation for COVID-19 Vaccines


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MIDA Strengthens Efforts to Improve Its Delivery System for Investors

Kuala Lumpur, 21 October 2020 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has been consistent in implementing its digital transformation initiative or Enterprise Transformation System (e-TRANS) by strengthening its delivery system for ease of doing business for investors in Malaysia.

Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA said, “As the nation’s principal investment promotion and development authority with 53 years of experience in driving Malaysia’s investment agenda, MIDA is fully aware that we have to live through the current and future digital revolution. We have been spearheading various on-the-ground initiatives through MIDA’s Automation Project Initiatives, Supply Chain Programmes and Lighthouse Programme to enable our industry players to adopt Industry 4.0 technology drivers such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and big data.”

“Moreover, observing the Government’s call to accelerate the digitalisation of the government delivery services in this new normal, we have been intensifying our efforts to re-engineer our business processes to raise the efficiency of the various functions at MIDA. We are optimistic that this will increase the ease of doing business for our stakeholders; ultimately, helping companies to prioritise the implementation of their projects in Malaysia,” he added.

Following the announcement of PENJANA on 5 June 2020, MIDA established [email protected] or the Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit. This proactive unit is tasked to provide end-to-end facilitation to all projects approved by the National Committee of Investment (NCI), enabling the timely implementation of investment projects in the country. Given that business as usual approaches will no longer work in this new normal, PACU is part of the Government’s bold initiatives to ensure impactful accomplishments that can revitalise the economy and bring tangible benefits to all stakeholders.

In efforts to accelerate the necessary approvals to expedite the execution of projects, the e-Manufacturing Licence (e-ML) module and its subsequently enhanced version of e-ML 2.0 module was launched by MIDA. This is a new digital platform for applications of Manufacturing Licences for new, expansion or diversification projects; or the Confirmation Letter for the Exemption from Manufacturing Licence (ICA10). Eligible applications submitted through this module will be approved within two business days for non-sensitive industries and up to 4 weeks for sensitive industries. Since its inception, a total of 338 applications have been approved.

In July 2020, MIDA also launched its enhanced JPC Online Application Module, which is the online module for customs duties exemption applications.

Most recently, an e-Incentive module that covers incentive applications for promoted activities and products listed on the General and Small-scale Companies List under the Promotion of Investment Act 1986 has been introduced, with plans to further expand its scope in the future.

These online modules enable MIDA’s stakeholders to submit their applications on a secure online platform. These platforms are also integrated and accessible by related Ministries and Agencies to ensure the flow of data and information, mitigating possible duplications and easing cross-referencing.

Moreover, following the re-opening of economic sectors in phases by the Government, a One-Stop-Centre (OSC) has been established at MIDA to evaluate applications of eligible business travellers to enter Malaysia for trade and investment purposes. Managed by MIDA with representatives from the Immigration Department, Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the OSC assumes a critical role in ensuring that Malaysia remains steady on the path of economic recovery and growth, by enabling executive and essential personnel to travel to, and continue their work in Malaysia.

Going forward, the [email protected] will organise on-going webinars on relevant topics, particularly regarding mechanisms in place to kick-start investment projects in Malaysia, information on utilities offered by service providers, as well as new regulations and guidelines introduced by the Government. It is hoped that by providing this platform for the business communities to engage and network with relevant authorities and stakeholders, it will enable the efficient and timely realisation of approved projects in Malaysia.

For more information and enquiries on [email protected], investors can contact PACU at +603-2267 3633 / +603-22673473 or email [email protected]

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About MIDA

MIDA is the Government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Noor Aieda Ahmad 

Director of Post Investment and Infrastructure Support Division, MIDA 

Tel.: 03-2267 6688 | Email: [email protected]

Adoption of Digital Technology


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Kuala Lumpur, 8 October 2020 – In line with the Government’s commitment to further cement the country’s position as a preferred destination for FDIs, the Government has decided to establish a One-Stop-Centre (OSC) at the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). The OSC will evaluate and approve applications by eligible business travellers to enter Malaysia for trade and investment purposes.

These travellers will be required to offer evidence of compliance to the strict SOPs and other necessary conditions such as quarantine measures, which are presently in place. Although the main purpose of the OSC is to facilitate genuine business travellers, this will only be undertaken while primarily upholding, protecting and preserving the health and safety of the Malaysian people.

The OSC commenced its operations on 2 October 2020. It is managed by MIDA with representatives from the Immigration Department, Ministry of Health and Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to ensure the legitimacy and health status of business travellers prior to their entry into Malaysia. This Centre will assume a critical role in ensuring that Malaysia remains steady on the path of economic recovery and growth, by enabling executive and essential personnel to travel to, and continue their work in, Malaysia.

In early May 2020, the Government began to reopen the economic sectors in phases, which was supported by strict vigilance implemented through a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs). This clearly demonstrates the Government’s resolute determination in striking a balance between protecting lives and safeguarding the livelihoods of the Malaysian people, many of whom rely upon the private sector for their jobs and wages. 

The reopening of economic activities was a crucial, timely and necessary intervention by the Government, which has led to gradual recovery of our country’s economic sectors. This phase also contributed towards the investments coming into Malaysia. For the period of January to June 2020, Malaysia recorded total approved investments of RM64.8 billion in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors. Of these, foreign direct investments (FDI) made up RM19.5 billion or 30.2 per cent.

Malaysia assumes an integral role in the global supply chain. The international business and investor community have always looked to Malaysia as a preferred destination for their operations, due to the stable, predictable and rules-based investment climate that Malaysia has to offer. Companies operating in Malaysia continue to enjoy a significant level of prominence and a leading edge, along the regional and global value chains.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, MIDA has intensified efforts to ensure that Malaysia remains a primary destination of choice for foreign investors. MIDA is also committed to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that the business environment in the country is agile and responsive to the present and future needs of the private sector, particularly in adapting to the new normal.

Since commencing operations on 2 October 2020, the OSC has received 221 applications from business travellers, out of which 207 has been approved.

The implementation of OSC entails two phases, namely:

  • the present Phase 1: implementation of the OSC Committee to process applications for Entry Permission, for genuine business travellers; and 
  • the future Phase 2: establishment of a Welcome Centre with liaison officers and a dedicated website containing information and advisory services to facilitate the entry of genuine business travellers into Malaysia.

Eligible business travellers who wish to submit their applications may do so via the MyEntry website at https://myentry.myxpats.com.my/app/

About MIDA 

MIDA is the Government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For further information, please contact: 

Ms. Aizah Abdullah 

Director, Industry Talent Management and Expatriate Division 

Tel: 03-2267 3529 | E-mail: [email protected]

Welcoming Investors, Keeping Malaysia Safe


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Kuala Lumpur, 2 October 2020 – The Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit (PACU) at the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) organised an e-Biz Clinic on ‘Starting Your Project with [email protected]’ via a virtual webinar and physical event at the MIDA Headquarters (HQ) on 29 September 2020.

The initiative provided a platform for investors to engage and network with relevant authorities and stakeholders. Investors were also briefed on relevant information to enable efficient and timely realisation of projects that have been approved by the National Committee of Investment (NCI) within the stipulated 12-month time frame.

In his opening message, Dato’ Azman Mahmud, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIDA, highlighted on the adjustments in the global economy under the new normal. He emphasised that, “MIDA will continue its efforts to attract quality investments in the country and restore investor’s confidence in seeing Malaysia as their preferred investment destination. It is fundamental to revitalise the economy by adopting bold initiatives to ensure impactful accomplishments.”

“As part of Malaysia’s journey towards economic recovery, the Government introduced the National Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan called PENJANA on 5 June 2020. This includes the dedicated team established at MIDA, aptly named PACU to facilitate the speedy implementation of investment projects in the country”, added Dato’ Azman.

The e-Biz Clinic was broadcasted online and has garnered over 1,000 views, represented by manufacturers, service providers’, industrial associations, consultants and potential investors. The seminar featured presentations by a diverse mix of speakers, including Ms. Noor Aieda Ahmad, Director of Post Investment and Infrastructure Support Division of MIDA; TPr. Zamirzan Puji, Senior Principal Assistant Director, Development Control Consultation Division, Ministry of Housing and Local Government; Mr. Ir. Mohd Fairuz Abdul Kadir, Manager (Government and Mega Project-Supply) Customer Care and Business Development, Retail Division, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB); Mr. Mohamad Rejab Sulaiman, Head of Internet, DC and Cloud, TM ONE Telekom Malaysia (TM); and Ms Gayathri Vadivel, Head of Employment Services Department Employment Insurance System from SOCSO.

Participants were guided on application submission, regulations and relevant requirements to kick-start their investment projects in Malaysia. In addition, this event provided information on utilities offered by service providers, as well as facilitation and assistance provided by the Government.

For the period of January to March 2020, a total of 214 manufacturing projects were approved. Of these, 127 projects (59.3%) are currently being implemented. Simultaneously, out of the 988 manufacturing projects approved in 2019, a total of 698 projects, which is equivalent to 71 per cent, have been implemented.

MIDA, through [email protected] will strive to provide professional support and assistance through various facilitations, programmes and initiatives for businesses to grow. MIDA continues to closely collaborate with federal and state agencies to facilitate investors in ensuring the timely implementation of their projects.

For more information or enquiries on [email protected], investors can contact the team at +603-2263 2462 / +603-22673473 or email [email protected] 

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About MIDA

MIDA is the Government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact: 

Ms. Noor Aieda Ahmad

Director of Post Investment and Infrastructure Support Division, MIDA 

Tel.: 03-2267 6688 Email: [email protected]

Project Acceleration & Coordination Unit (PACU) 

(603)-2263 2462 / (603)-22673473 

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[email protected] to Facilitate Speedy Implementation of Investment Projects in Malaysia


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Kuala Lumpur, 24 September 2020 – Malaysia recorded a total of RM64.8 billion worth of investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors for the first six months of 2020 despite multiple headwinds on the global front. These investments involved 1,725 projects and will create 37,110 employment opportunities in Malaysia.

Of the total investments approved, domestic direct investments (DDI) accounted for 69.8 per cent, or RM45.3 billion, while foreign direct investments (FDI) made up the rest of RM19.5 billion.

Singapore (RM4.9 billion), Switzerland (RM2.8 billion), China (RM2.2 billion), the United States of America (RM2.2 billion) and Thailand (RM1.8 billion) were the top five sources of FDI for the manufacturing, services and primary sectors during the period.

For approved projects by state, the five major states namely Sabah, Selangor, Pulau Pinang, W.P. Kuala Lumpur and Johor contributed RM47.1 billion (72.6 per cent) to the total approved investments for January to June 2020.

The manufacturing sector attracted the largest portion of approved investments for the first half of 2020, contributing more than half (55.1 per cent) or RM35.7 billion, followed by the services sector with investments of 44.2 per cent or RM28.6 billion, and the primary sector with approved investments of 0.7 per cent or RM0.5 billion.

Manufaturing Sector

For the first six months of 2020, the manufacturing sector attracted the largest portion of approved investments, contributing RM35.7 billion; only a 3.0 per cent decrease from the corresponding period last year.

The Government, through the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), has been leading efforts to secure sustainable investments, from both domestic and foreign sources, that will strengthen the business ecosystem in Malaysia.

The total investments approved in the manufacturing sector were mainly in petroleum products including petrochemicals (RM13.6 billion), machinery and equipment (M&E) (RM5.2 billion), electrical and electronics (E&E) products (RM5.0 billion), food manufacturing (RM2.1 billion), scientific and measuring equipment (RM2.0 billion),  transport equipment (RM1.8 billion), chemicals and chemical products (RM1.6 billion) and non-metallic minerals (RM1.0 billion). These make up 90.2 per cent of total approved investments for this sector.

With a total of 398 projects, these newly approved investments are expected to create 26,940 jobs for the country. The jobs created include managerial roles (1,925), technical and supervisory roles (4,887), craft skill professionals (3,226), machinery operators and installers (11,117) as well as sales and clerical personnel (1,881).

Malaysia continues to attract a healthy level of investments in the E&E, M&E, chemical, aerospace and medical devices. For January – June 2020, a total of 147 manufacturing projects with investments of RM13.8 billion in these five industries have been approved by MIDA. These industries, which have strong inter-linkages to other sub-sectors, are instrumental in supporting the development of the overall manufacturing sector in  Malaysia.

Compared to the corresponding period last year, DDI in the manufacturing sector registered an increase of 79.8 per cent to RM17.9 billion during this period while the value of approved FDI dropped by 33.7 per cent to RM17.8 billion.

The states that recorded the highest total approved investments in the manufacturing sector for the period are Sabah, Pulau Pinang, Johor, Selangor and Terengganu. These states collectively contributed RM29.7 billion.

Meanwhile, the leading sources of FDI for the first six months of 2020 were Singapore, Switzerland, USA, China, Thailand, Republic of Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Germany. These ten countries jointly accounted for 97.7 per cent of total FDI approved in the manufacturing sector for this period.

Interestingly, 69.3 per cent of the approved investments in the manufacturing sector were new greenfield projects, amounting to RM24.7 billion. This represents a 53.5 per cent increase in investments for new projects, compared to the corresponding period last year. An example of notable new projects approved during the first half of 2020 is Ultra Clean Holdings. The leader in developing and supplying of critical subsystems, ultra-high purity cleaning and analytical services primarily for the semiconductor industry, will be setting up its manufacturing facility Malaysia, creating more than 650 jobs over the next five years, including roles in manufacturing, engineering, research and development as well as quality management.

Services Sector

From January to June 2020, the services sectors recorded 1,316 approved projects with investments of RM28.6 billion. These approved services projects in the first six months of 2020 are expected to create 10,114 jobs to the economy.

Majority of the main services sub-sectors showed a significant decline in approved investments except for support services and MSC status projects. The top five contributors of approved investments in the services sector were real estate (RM12.2 billion), utilities (RM9.4 billion), support services (RM2.4 billion), financial services (RM1.8 billion) and telecommunications (RM1.3 billion).

The support services industry under the purview of MIDA covered sub-sectors such as integrated logistics, research and development, green technology, integrated circuit design, oil and gas services and licenced warehouse. In the first half of 2020, approved investments in the support services industry saw an increase of 18.5 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2019 due to the surge of projects in the integrated logistics services and green technology sub-sectors that recorded increases of 172.1 per cent and

7.0 per cent, respectively. In addition to providing over 3,249 new jobs, these investments will also create spin-off benefits for other local businesses, further strengthening Malaysia’s industrial network.

Primary Sector

In January – June 2020, the primary sector attracted investments worth RM471.0 million. This sector comprises three main sub-sectors namely mining, agriculture and; plantation and commodities. All approved investments in this sector for the period is from domestic sources.

The mining sub-sector took the lead with approved investments of RM468.5 million in six projects, followed by the plantation and commodities sub-sector with investments of RM2.5 million.

Conclusion

“While foreign investments assume an essential role in the development of the country, greater emphasis is being put in place to drive domestic investments and turning more domestic companies into global players. We will continue to prioritise the acceleration of technology adoption in all segments of the economy by harnessing the potential of Industry

4.0 to boost Malaysia’s productivity and competitiveness.” said YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

“Ensuring business continuity and growth will be a priority with business activities resuming back to normal levels. The Government, through PENJANA, will continue to enable our investors to implement their projects in Malaysia efficiently and effectively by easing bureaucratic processes, especially during this time. The Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit (PACU) has been established in MIDA to facilitate the approval of businesses particularly manufacturing and related services and to ensure that the implementation of approved projects are successful within 24 months. Both foreign and local companies are urged to fully leverage on the available facilities to grow their businesses in the country,” he added.

Malaysia’s economy is set to regain its momentum going into the second half  of  the    year. However, the pandemic is far from over and the Government is closely monitoring its progress as the nation journeys towards recovery. MIDA seeks to better support investments through our continuous engagements and collaborations with private and public sectors towards broadening prosperity for the country. As of July 2020, MIDA has a total of 732 projects with proposed investments of RM35.9 billion in the pipeline for the manufacturing, services and primary sectors.

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About MITI

MITI is the key driver in making Malaysia the preferred destination for quality investments and enhancing the nation’s rising status as a globally competitive trading nation. Its objectives and roles are oriented towards ensuring Malaysia’s rapid economic development and help achieve the country’s stated goal of becoming a developed nation.

About MIDA

MIDA is the Government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Manjit Kaur Balkar Singh

Director, Corporate Communications Division, MIDA

Tel.: 03-2267 3509 | Email: [email protected]

Malaysia’s Economy Is Regaining Its Momentum With Total Approved Investments of RM64.8 Billion in January – June 2020


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Kuala Lumpur, 15 September 2020 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) kick-started the Automation Project Initiative (API) by hosting 11 participating companies and 20 system integrators at MIDA Sentral. This initiative aims to enable businesses to adopt automation and smart manufacturing technologies in their business processes and operations.

Among the companies in attendance include Continental Resource Sdn. Bhd., Ecava Sdn. Bhd., XTS Technologies Sdn. Bhd., Sky-Tag Robotics Sdn. Bhd., Vepro Group Sdn. Bhd., TXMR Sdn. Bhd., I-Stone Group Berhad, IME Group and Packaging Sales & Service (M) Sdn. Bhd.

In his welcoming remarks, Dato’ Azman Mahmud, the Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, highlighted on how automation is crucial for the sustainability of business operations. He emphasised, “Automation is not an option anymore. Automation of activities can enable businesses to improve performance, by reducing errors and improving quality and speed, and in some cases achieving outcomes that go beyond human capabilities. Automation also contributes to increasing productivity. At a time of lackluster productivity growth, this would give a needed boost to economic growth and prosperity.”

“With machines that are now highly adaptable and reprogrammable through artificial intelligence and software; coupled with the rapid developments of Big Data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things, companies need to proactively begin their automation journey,” he added.

The event included a comprehensive presentation from MIDA regarding the various automation and Industry4WRD facilitation offered by the Government. These include the Domestic Investment Strategic Fund (DISF), Industry4WRD Intervention Fund, Automation Capital Allowance and Digital Technology Acceleration Programme (DTAP) that are in place to assist companies in their automation journey.

A total of 318 applications have been approved for the automation capital allowance as of September 2020. Companies that have leveraged on these facilities have experienced tangible benefits of automation. Based on the impact analysis of 245 projects approved as of 31 December 2019, these companies have invested more than RM430 million in automation, machinery and equipment. As a result, companies reported an average of 180 per cent improvement in production volume as well as cost savings from the reduction of over 3,600 unskilled workers.

A pitching session was also held during the event to match participating companies with relevant system integrators and factory automation players. This platform provided both parties with a valuable space to discuss attainable action plans towards achieving their business goals with automation.

“Among of the biggest misconceptions surrounding automation are the high cost of adoption and the scale of undertaking that requires the revamping of the entire production line. In reality, companies can start with simple devices to enable data collection, analytics and gradual enhancements to more sophisticated machinery and equipment that is adaptable to artificial intelligence and other Industry 4.0 technology. Today’s event is a crucial stepping stone for organisations to quantum leap their automation journeys by connecting them with fellow industry players and solution providers. MIDA will do our level best to support and facilitate these automation undertakings to success,” said Dato’ Azman.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the Government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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.myand follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For further information, please contact: 

Mr. Jeyasigan Narayanan Nair

Director, Machinery and Metals Division 

03-2267 6711 | [email protected]

MIDA’s Automation Project Initiatives (API) Enabling More Local Companies to Adopt Automation


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Kuala Lumpur, 9 September 2020 – MEDEF International, the Embassy of Malaysia in Paris in collaboration with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) organised a webinar to update the French business stakeholders with Malaysia’s progress in mitigating the economic impact of COVID-19 to Malaysian industries. The webinar was held at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Tower, Kuala Lumpur on 4 September 2020.

YB Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in his welcoming remarks highlighted “As a trading nation, Malaysia sees great value in engaging with our trading partners through bilateral and regional Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). Malaysia currently has signed 14 FTAs and this places Malaysia as an attractive hub for your ASEAN operations. Last year, France was Malaysia’s 18th largest global trading partner and 3rd largest trading partner among the European Union member states (including the United Kingdom). Seeing the enthusiastic turn out of this webinar, I am glad that French companies continue to have confidence in Malaysia as their preferred investment destination in this region”.

The economic ties between the two countries have flourished over the years due to solid diplomatic foundations laid by respective leaders of each country. This is evident through the increasing number of French companies investing in Malaysia. As of December 2019, a total of 126 manufacturing projects with French participation have been implemented with total investments of RM4.36 billion (USD1.31 billion), creating a total of 10,913 potential employment.

Mr. Arham Abdul Rahman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIDA added that “France is one of the important trading partners and source of investments for Malaysia. It has had a long presence in the country’s manufacturing and services sectors. Recognising the French innovative capabilities, we welcome more investments in areas of transport equipment (aerospace), ICT, pharmaceutical, scientific and measuring equipment, electrical and electronics, food, chemical and chemical products as well as machinery and equipment”.

Malaysian Ambassador to France, H.E. Dato’ Dr. Azfar Mohamad Mustafar also joined the live webinar session and delivered his remarks. The session was moderated by Mr. Philippe Gautier, CEO from MEDEF International. In addition, more than 30 participants, of whom, were mostly representatives from French companies operating in France and Southeast Asia region participated actively in the webinar.

H.E Frédéric Laplanche, French Ambassador to Malaysia added in his remarks, “It is a difficult time, globally; however Malaysia has been among the exemplary nation that has managed the pandemic well. With the travel and movement restrictions in place, the French business community is urged to remain hopeful and continue exploring new opportunities in Malaysia. Over the past few years, we have seen an increase of new French investments and expansions in the country, a spectacular trend that continues to date. Through this webinar session, it is encouraging to see Malaysia and France showcasing the same ambitions and fervor to elevate the relation of both nations further. Given Malaysia’s open trade and business-friendly policies, there are potential opportunities for business communities to tap on in this new norm.”

Moving forward, YB Datuk Lim Ban Hong welcomes the proposal by MEDEF International to ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MIDA for future collaboration in strengthening the economic relations between France and Malaysia, and in making MIDA the single point of contact for its members to gather information pertaining to Malaysia’s economic development. As the principal investment promotion agency of the country under MITI, MIDA will continue to facilitate local and global businesses and promote Malaysia as the preferred investment destination in the region.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the Government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Sikh Shamsul Ibrahim Sikh Abdul Majid

Director, Foreign Investment Promotion Division, MIDA

Tel.: 03-2267 6633 Email: [email protected]

Malaysia and France Looking Beyond the Pandemic to Strengthen Economic Relations Through Investment


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Launches Game Changing Industry 4.0 Solution for SMEs

Kuala Lumpur, 18 August 2020 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has partnered with Axiomtek to help local companies, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to embrace advance technologies such as AI and move up the value chain. The Axiomtek Artificial Intelligence (AI) Starter Kit launched today adds to MIDA’s on-going initiative to drive the country towards Industry 4.0.

Axiomtek is a leading design and manufacturing company in the industrial computer and embedded fields, based in Taiwan. The company has successfully developed an affordable and practical AI solution with integrated hardware and software. This Starter Kit is an application ready package with a ‘plug-and-play’ feature for ease of implementation for various operational functions such as industrial automation, retail as well as smart city applications.

During the launch of the AI Starter Kit, Mr.Ahmad Khairuddin Abdul Rahim, Deputy Chief Executive Officer II of MIDA said, “This launch marks MIDA’s deliberate effort to quash the industry’s perception that AI is difficult while realising the goals of Industry4WRD. We are optimistic that this cost-effective AI Starter Kit, that prioritises ease of AI implementation for SMEs, will bring deep commercial value to companies that are working towards harnessing the full benefits of cutting edge technology.”

This launch is the beginning of a strategic programme that will be executed in phases to enable smooth implementation and adoption of AI technology within Malaysia’s industry ecosystem. The targeted beneficiaries include SMEs, mid-tier companies, local large companies as well as multinational companies within the manufacturing and services sectors. Additionally, this programme also aims to strengthen Malaysia’s talent ecosystem through potential collaboration with universities.

“This Axiomtek AI Starter Kit implementation embodies the spirit of integration, whereby the Government, technology leaders, manufacturers, and research communities come together to co-create new solutions to jointly expand the limits of our collective capabilities. By empowering the local manufacturing ecosystem, various local universities are able to join in to create AI modelling and applications from the starter kits applicable for use by SMEs.

MIDA hopes to equip university students and educators with the same knowledge and technical know-how, making sure our students are able to appreciate and optimise the usage of AI technologies once they become part of the workforce in the country”, remarked Mr.Ahmad Khairuddin.

Companies that are interested to be part of this programme are encouraged to follow the official social media channels of MIDA and subscribe to the Agency’s e-Newsletter for further updates at www.mida.gov.my.


About MIDA
MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Norhizam Ibrahim
Director, Advanced Technology and Research & Development Division, MIDA
+603 2267 6611| [email protected]

MIDA and Axiomtek Accelerates AI Adoption in Malaysia


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Adds to Malaysia’s Vibrant Industrial Ecosystem

Kuala Lumpur, 30 July 2020 – Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (UCT), a US company listed on NASDAQ, today announced that it will be setting up a manufacturing facility in the Batu Kawan Industrial Park.

UCT’s 300,000 square foot facility is scheduled to begin construction by the third quarter of 2020. The new facility will potentially employ more than 650 personnel over the next five years, including roles in manufacturing, engineering, research and development as well as quality management.

In welcoming UCT’s announcement, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said, “Malaysia has established a strong base of high-value manufacturing companies. The semiconductor industry continues to drive growth by supporting 5G and IoT (Internet of Things) proliferation.

“With rapid expansion and robust progress in this industry, Malaysia is poised to capitalise on opportunities available and is well-positioned to be Asia’s hi-tech manufacturing powerhouse,” he added.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin said MITI and its agencies remain committed to growing Malaysia’s high technology, high value-added, knowledge-based investments. This project provides a link across Malaysia’s established electrical and electronics industry. It will also enhance our country’s legacy as the ideal investment destination within the region, which offers a sustainable business environment to meet investors’ overall growth strategies.

Meanwhile UCT’s chief operating officer, Vijay Chinnasami, said the company was proud to partner with the Government of Malaysia, in the effort to expand its global footprint as part of the company’s strategic growth plan.

Mr Chinnasami said, “This state-of-the-art facility will ensure business continuity, enable us to better serve and bring value to our local and global customer base, and allow us to capitalise on longer-term growth opportunities.”

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About MITI
MITI is the key driver in making Malaysia the preferred destination for quality investments and enhancing the nation’s rising status as a globally competitive trading nation. Its objectives and roles are oriented towards ensuring Malaysia’s rapid economic development and help achieve the country’s stated goal of becoming a developed nation.

About MIDA
MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA 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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.
Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. is a leading developer and supplier of critical subsystems, ultra-high purity cleaning and analytical services primarily for the semiconductor industry. Ultra Clean offers its customers an integrated outsourced solution for major subassemblies, improved design-to-delivery cycle times, design for manufacturability, prototyping and component manufacturing, and tool chamber parts cleaning and coating, as well as micro-contamination analytical services. Ultra Clean is headquartered in Hayward, California. Additional information is available at www.uct.com.

For more information, please contact:

Jeyasigan Narayanan Nair
Director, Machinery and Metals Division, MIDA
[email protected]

Rhonda Bennetto
Vice President Investor Relations
[email protected]

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