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Globetronics Embarks on RM50 Million Industry 4.0 Transformation Programme for Business Sustainability


Kuala Lumpur, 21 April 2021 – Globetronics Techology Bhd., a leading miniaturised optical sensors manufacturer in Malaysia, announced the establishement of a cloud-based state-of-the-art platform through the adoption of Industry 4.0 processes in their high volume mass production operations. The expansion worth RM50.2 million will incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data analytics and Extended Reality (AR + VR) into their end-to-end intelligent supply chain and manufacturing which enables higher levels of customisation, reduction of cycle times and superior quality traceability for a diversified product portfolio and dynamic customer needs.

The move towards integrating intelligence into the company’s machines and business processes is timely in addressing the non-skilled labour acquisition challenges as well as increasing the resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The implementation of automation to its processes will also help Globetronics to focus on high revenue generation activities such as predictive and prescriptive data to maximise machine operations. The initiative maps the path for the Company’s “Lights off” factory within the next five (5) years.

Mr. Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, expressed that “In line with the Government’s aspiration to spearhead rapid digital transformation in the manufacturing sector, Globetronics’ expansion will pave the way for enhancement in productivity, job creation and deepening the Malaysians skill set by leveraging on cutting-edge technology and emerging AI capabilities.”

“The introduction of Industry4WRD policy, served as a strategic direction for Malaysia to fully embrace Industry 4.0, including smart manufacturing and smart cities, smart grids, as well as smart solutions. While digitalisation is the antidote for business survival and growth in innovation-led value creation, Globetronics’ Industry 4.0 adoption will complement the electrical and electronics industry by producing advanced semiconductor photonic products through the utilisation of autonomous robots and smart manufacturing”, he added.

Globetronics’ IR4.0 transformation focuses on workforce transformation, reimagining manufacturing and workforce training via Extended Reality (ER). The Company’s ER technology will bridge the gap between the digital and physical world by superimposing live-streamed images with its extensive database of machines learnt data from research and development (R&D) as well as manufacturing phases. Subsequently a digital guru may be utilised to ensure a seamless work action and reduced human errors in day-to-day operations. The closed-loop integration of product, process and quality data via AI will serve as an inadvertent error prevention guarantee of its quality excellence. This will be the enabling technology to directly uplift lesser skilled workers and proportionally bring up the minimum wage.

The new recharacterising of Globetronics’ manufacturing processes will be the testbed to proliferate and intensify the use of big data across its end-to-end supply chain and manufacturing system. The workforce transformation will position the company to be the front runner in Malaysia in establishing a data-driven culture and hub to attract data science talents, locally and globally. Besides, the expansion would also demonstrate Globetronics’ commitment to continually invest in emerging technologies that are critical to support the constantly evolving landscape to ensure its business sustainability.

Globetronics’ new platform is set to gear up for exciting next generation semiconductor wafer-level packaging technology including the 2.5D, where the stacking of dies will be replaced by flip-chip on a silicon interposer.


About Globetronics
Globetronics is a Malaysian technology company that is involved in the manufacturing of Miniaturised Optical Sensors, Light Emitting Diode (LED) components and modules, Quartz Crystal Timing Devices, Integrated Circuits, Optoelectronic Products as well the provision of technical plating services. It’s main operating sites are in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Globetronics is listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia, with a market capitalisation of RM 1.8 billion and a has a staff strength of 1,200 employees.

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.

Media contacts:
Globetronics:
Ng Kok Yu

Email: [email protected]| Tel.: +604 819 4160
MIDA:
Manjit Kaur Balkar Singh (Ms)

Email: [email protected] | Tel.: +603 2267 3509

Globetronics Embarks on RM50 Million Industry 4.0 Transformation Programme for Business Sustainability


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Partnership for Microsoft’s first datacentre region and skilling of one (1) million Malaysians in new and advanced cloud technologies

Kuala Lumpur, 20 April 2021 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is proud to pronounce Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia initiative as a game-changer towards the country’s digital-first agenda, in line with the nation’s MyDIGITAL aspirations.

Microsoft’s plan to establish its first datacentre region in Malaysia and its catalytic role in digital infrastructure is set to accelerate the nation’s innovation in cloud technologies, further boosting local and foreign investors’ confidence in Malaysia. Microsoft’s commitment to prowess up to 1 million Malaysians by December 2023 will propel the local digital workforce to drive the nation’s digital economic growth.

Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia was launched yesterday by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia. Also present at the launch ceremony were Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI); Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office for Economics; Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, Minister of Finance; and Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, Minister of Human Resources. This collaboration strengthens Microsoft’s long-term commitment to help empower Malaysia’s inclusive digital economy through public-private partnerships.

Mr. Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIDA, who was also present at the launch, congratulated Microsoft on its Bersama Malaysia initiative. “Malaysia has tremendous opportunity to fortify itself as a preferred location for technology players. Microsoft’s investment with its first datacentre region in our country is a strong testament to Malaysia’s pro-business, pro-trade and business-friendly investment policies. Having Microsoft, a global technology player expanding its footprint in the digital infrastructure in Malaysia, helps form the backbone for a sustainable digital ecosystem. Most importantly, Microsoft’s commitment through its world-class digital infrastructure will position us in a higher rank to progress into a digital nation.” said Mr. Arham.

“Microsoft’s long-term presence for nearly 30 years also reflects their confidence in our local talents in driving the nation’s digital transformation. We will continue to support Microsoft’s efforts in Malaysia, particularly in transforming the nation’s digital landscape, infrastructure and its skilled workforce, thus enhancing Malaysia’s competitiveness and attractiveness as the preferred destination for high technology investments,” he added.

The upcoming Microsoft datacentre region is expected to benefit local businesses, the Government, and communities across all sectors. The local datacentre region will comprise a set of datacentres located within Greater Kuala Lumpur, deployed within a latency-defined perimeter and connected through a dedicated low-latency network. Users are able to gain fast access to Microsoft’s leading-edge cloud services as well as the ability to store data and applications in the country.

The datacentre region will also feature Azure Availability Zones, with unique features such as physical locations equipped with independent power; network and cooling support for additional tolerance and withstand datacentre failures. This ensures data remains available and protected, even when there’s an event impacting the datacentre site such as power failure; without comprising data residency, privacy, security or compliance.

Based on research conducted by IDC1, Microsoft’s investment in Malaysia will assist in generating approximately RM19 billion2 in revenues over the next four (4) years within the country’s ecosystem of local partners and cloud-consuming customers. Moreover, Microsoft and its partners, together with the cloud-using customers will also assume significant roles in growing the nation’s workforce, contributing more than 19,000 direct and indirect new job opportunities over the same period of time.

Mr. K. Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia, added, “Having a robust digital infrastructure and a future-ready digital workforce will play a profound role in ensuring Malaysia’s economic recovery and resilience. We fully support the Government’s bold and progressive vision as targeted in the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint. We are confident that the digital-first, cloud-first policy outlined in the Blueprint will further propel innovation and accelerate the nation’s transformation to become a regional leader in the digital economy. In support of this and echoing our Bersama Malaysia commitment, we are humbled by the support extended by MIDA and we look forward to strengthening our partnership to realise Malaysia’s inclusive digital aspirations.”

Mr. Arham concluded that the Government will continue to adopt a targeted approach in attracting investments. The Government recognises the need to develop the high technology sectors as one of the strategies to sustain the momentum of economic growth and to improve the competitiveness and resilience of the Malaysian economy. In remaining on this steady path, the National Digital Economy and Fourth Industrial Council (MED4IR) will optimise the development of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology and digital economy, in line with the 2030 Shared Prosperity Vision and Sustainable Development Agenda. The Economic Cluster of the MED4IR Council will be governed by MITI, with MIDA as an active Committee Member in the Government’s initiatives to drive the national 4IR and digital growth.

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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.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

For more information, please contact:

MIDA
Manjit Kaur Balkar Singh (Ms.)
Email: [email protected]
DL: +603-2267 3509

Microsoft Malaysia
Eric Lai (Mr.)
Email: [email protected]

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1 IDC Info Snapshot, sponsored by Microsoft, The Microsoft Cloud Dividend Snapshot: Malaysia, Doc. #US46918020, October 2020
2 USD4.6 billion (Bank Negara Exchange Rate : USD 1=RM 4.1405 as at 5 April 2021

MIDA Welcomes Microsoft’s First Data Centre Region in Malaysia – A Game-Changer for Malaysia’s Digital Economic Transformation


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MIDA, through its InvestMalaysia Portal has launched an online application submission module on 26th March 2021 (Friday) via https://investmalaysia.mida.gov.my.

Applications that can be submitted using the enhanced online application module are as follows:

  1. Enhanced Manufacturing Licence (e-ML)
  2. Exemption letter from ML
  3. Enhanced Incentive (e-Incentive)
  4. Expatriate Post & RE/RO
  5. Permit (PDA 2)
  6. R&D/IILS/DIILS Status
  7. Domestic Sales
  8. Import Duty / Sales Tax Exemption (JPC) & MIDA Confirmation Letter (SPM)
  9. Enquires/Feedback
  10. Online Technical Support
  11. Post Approval for:
    i. Manufacturing Licence
    ii. Incentive
    iii. Status
    iv. Expatriate Post
    v. RE/RO
  12. Post Licensing
  13. Post Incentive
  14. Grant Application
  15. Post Approval (Status IPC / RDC)
  16. Post Approval RERO / Expatriate Post

We are pleased to inform that the next release of the online application module in InvestMalaysia Portal will Go-Live on 31st May 2021 (Monday) at 9.00 am. Additional online applications under this release is :

  • Grant Disbursement Application

Thank you.

For further information and clarification, please contact:

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
MIDA Sentral
No. 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 2267 3633
Fax: 603 2274 7970
Email: [email protected]

MIDA INTRODUCES ONLINE APPLICATION


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Kuala Lumpur, 14 April 2021 – The Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) to offer small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and Mid-Tier Companies (MTCs) the opportunity to benefit from MIDA’s Smart Automation Grant (SAG).

The SAG initiative, introduced in the National Economic Recovery Plan or PENJANA with an initial allocation of RM100 million, was launched by the Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) on 2 December 2020. This grant is awarded to eligible SMEs and MTCs on a matching basis or 50 per cent of total eligible expenditures, up to a maximum grant cap of RM1 million per company. Based on the encouraging response for SAG, the Government announced an additional RM50 million fund under the Strategic Programme to Empower the People and Economy or PEMERKASA to drive more SMEs and MTCs to improve their operation and production through automation and digitalisation.

The collaboration between MIDF and MIDA aims to promote and facilitate the SAG’s utilisation through a strategic alliance. Under this alliance, MIDA will provide grants for qualified companies, whereas MIDF will offer financing to these companies for their remaining expenses. Additionally, qualified companies already enjoying financing facilities from MIDF may lower their financial commitment upon successful application for SAG.

Mr. Ahmad Khairuddin Abdul Rahim, Deputy Chief Executive Officer II of MIDA, remarked, “The Government, through MIDA is committed to assist Malaysia’s industry players and businesses towards higher productivity and market competitiveness. The collaboration between MIDA and MIDF is in line with our objective to provide financial assistance for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Mid-Tier Companies (MTCs) towards automation and digitalisation. These two processes are crucial components and push factors in speeding up operation process, reducing errors and increase productivity.”

“The objective of SAG is to reassure SMEs and MTCs in the manufacturing and services sectors to automate and digitalise their operations and production, to spur their competitiveness, to reduce the reliance of foreign workers and to create new job opportunities in high value-added sectors. The Government looks forward for Malaysian companies to embark transformation towards digitalisation and automation to remain resilient amidst the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic contraction. We trust that this partnership would result Malaysia’s businesses growth across industry supply chains” he added.

Dato’ Charon Wardini Mokhzani, Group Managing Director of MIDF, iterates, “This MoU underlines the close relationship between MIDA and MIDF and our joint commitment to support companies that aspire to automate and modernise. As a nation, we need to increase productivity and value-add Malaysian businesses to higher levels in our path towards a high-income nation; investing in automation and digitalisation is one way to achieve this. MIDF is honoured to be part of this important initiative.”

SMEs and MTCs that have been undertaking manufacturing or services activities in the past 12 months are eligible to be considered for SAG. The automised machine, equipment or software purchased through this grant must be utilised directly in the company’s value chain in order to qualify for the incentive. Improvements in two components (productivity and efficiency) will be assessed on a range of criteria such as reducing unskilled workers, man-hours, defect rate and the increase in production volume. Interested companies are advised to submit applications to the various industries and services divisions in MIDA.

To find out more about the Guidelines of SAG please visit:
https://www.mida.gov.my/forms-and-guidelines/

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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.

About MIDA

The MIDF group carries out investment banking, development finance and asset management. It serves entrepreneurs as well as large corporations and institutions. Malayan Industrial Development Finance Ltd (now MIDF) was established in 1960 following the recommendations of the World Bank on how to finance the industrialisation of Malaya, and over the last 61 years the MIDF Group has been part of the development and modernisation of Malaysia’s economy and capital markets. MIDF is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Berhad.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Ms.Masni Muhammad
Director, Strategic Planning and Policy Advocacy (Manufacturing) Division
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
Phone : +603 2267 3444
Email : [email protected]

Ms. Irmawati Mahamad Tahir
Vice President
Group Strategic Communications
Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF)
Phone : +603 2173 8756
Email : [email protected]

MIDF Inks MOU with MIDA on Smart Automation Grant to Drive Malaysian Companies into Automation


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R&D for Business Programme Attracted 1,392 Companies

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 April 2021 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) successfully hosted the Research and Development for Business (RD4B) Programme to promote and increase awareness of the importance of R&D activities among industries players.

The event was an important platform for businesses to familiarise with government departments and agencies that promote R&D in Malaysia. Speakers from MIDA, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Inland Revenue Board (IRB), Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology Centre (CREST) and Cyberview Sdn. Bhd. briefed 1,392 foreign and domestic participants on resources pertaining to R&D undertakings.

It was also an excellent avenue for new and existing businesses to knowledge up the available government assistance in making informed R&D investments or expanding their businesses in the R&D segment.

In his keynote address, Mr. Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA iterated that the Government, in recognising the importance of research, development and innovation, provides funding support through various ministries for all stages of R&D from idea creation, research, development and commercialisation. He said, “In Budget 2021, the Government further expanded the tax incentive for companies that commercialises the R&D findings of public research institutions and, public and private higher learning institutions. The eligible R&D scope now includes both resource-based and non-resource-based undertakings.”

As of 31 December 2020, MIDA recorded a total of 199 approved R&D-related projects with capital investments of RM3.1 billion that created 6,949 high-skilled jobs. These approvals comprise 30 R&D companies, 80 contract R&D companies, 46 companies with in-house R&D facilities, 26 R&D status companies and 17 national strategic R&D projects. Among the top industries in which the R&D projects were approved include electrical and electronics (E&E), automotive and transport, machinery and equipment as well as chemical and chemical products.

Mr. Arham stressed on, “Given the cautiously optimistic investment climate due to the current pandemic, MIDA remains positive on the outlook of investments in R&D. We hope to continuously grow investments in R&D and give our utmost support to spur R&D and innovation in the country. Furthermore, R&D plays an imminent role in Industry 4.0. MIDA is also encouraging companies to tap upon the MIDA Lighthouse Programme that assists companies to accelerate Industry 4.0 adoption to a scalable and impactful stage. Simultaneously, it also hopes to influence ecosystem providers towards similar Industry 4.0 transformation by facilitating companies to address implementation challenges and barriers.”

Companies are encouraged to leverage the Government’s various support and facilities to move towards Industry 4.0. Among the initiatives under MIDA include the Automation Capital Allowance, Industry4WRD Intervention Fund, as well as the Smart Automation Grant (SAG). More details can be obtained at www.mida.gov.my.

During the programme, Mr. Arham officiated an i-R&D portal managed by MIDA. “This initiative looks to promote companies along the R&D value chain by connecting all relevant stakeholders via the portal. The connectivity between the R&D companies, researches and academic institutions is tantamount to ensure that R&D initiatives in the country are being realised effectively,” Mr. Arham added.

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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.

Media Contacts:
Manjit Kaur Balkar Singh (Ms)
Email: [email protected] | DL: +603-2267 3509

MIDA Facilitates Industries to Pursue R&D


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Kuala Lumpur, 6 April 2021 – The Government has agreed to provide certain relaxation of conditions to manufacturing and services companies that have been approved with incentives under the purview of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). This is part of the proactive measures undertaken by the Government to continue Malaysia’s economic revitalisation efforts by facilitating investments and restoring investors’ confidence.

Under the normal procedure, the approved companies are required to comply with certain conditions and implement their approved projects within a specific period, as stipulated in the Approval Letters issued by MIDA. However, with the implementation of this relaxation mechanism, a company may be considered for certain relaxations on achieving the approved thresholds or meeting the implementation timeline of their approved projects, subject to compliance of identified criteria set by the Government. The relaxation of compliance with stipulated conditions is for the period between 2020 and 2021.

To leverage this facility, companies are required to submit their soonest requests to MIDA with relevant supporting documentation based on the prevailing policy decisions set by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry as well as the Ministry of Finance.

The Government hopes that this measure will further assist in supporting and stimulating the growth of the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia given the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which have challenged economic activities and businesses.

Investors are encouraged to submit their appeal applications on relaxation/amendment of incentive conditions to the relevant divisions for specific industries and services in MIDA. For further enquiries directly related to policy matters, please contact the Strategic Planning and Policy Advocacy (Services) Division of MIDA at 03-2267 3633 (ext. 6675) / [email protected] or the Strategic Planning and Policy Advocacy (Manufacturing) Division of MIDA at 03-2267 3633 (ext. 6786) / [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, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

Media Contacts:
Manjit Kaur Balkar Singh (Ms)
Email: [email protected] | DL: +603-2267 3509

Relaxation Of Incentive Conditions For Manufacturing And Services Projects Approved Under The Purview Of MIDA


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MIDA, through its InvestMalaysia Portal has launched an online application submission module on 26th March 2021 (Friday) via https://investmalaysia.mida.gov.my.

Applications that can be submitted using the online application module are as follows:

  1. Manufacturing Licence (e-ML)
  2. Exemption letter from ML
  3. Incentive (e-Incentive)
  4. Expatriate Post & RE/RO
  5. Permit (PDA 2)
  6. R&D/IILS/DIILS Status
  7. Domestic Sales
  8. Import Duty / Sales Tax Exemption (JPC) & MIDA Confirmation Letter (SPM)
  9. Enquires/Feedback
  10. Online Technical Support

We are pleased to inform that the next release of online application module in InvestMalaysia Portal will Go-Live on 9th April 2021 (Friday) at 9.00 am. Additional online applications under this release are as follows:

  1. Post Approval for:
    i. Manufacturing Licence
    ii. Incentive
    iii. Status
    iv. Expatriate Post
    v. RE/RO
  2. Post Licensing
  3. Post Incentive

Therefore, kindly be informed that https://investmalaysia.mida.gov.my will be down for system deployment as follows:

From 7th April 2021 (Wednesday) at 8.00 pm to 9th April 2021 (Friday) at 9.00 am.

Thank you.

For further information and clarification, please contact:

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
MIDA Sentral
No. 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 2267 3633
Fax: 603 2274 7970
Email: [email protected]

MIDA Introduces Online Application


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Kuala Lumpur, 1 April 2021 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) announced the retirement of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dato’ Azman Mahmud. Mr. Arham Abdul Rahman, former Deputy CEO I of MIDA will step up to the role of the new CEO effective 1 April 2021.

Mr. Arham has an outstanding track record and highly distinguished career spanning over three decades with MIDA. He has served primarily in the foreign investment arm of the organisation, with years of service in Germany and the USA. His experience as a MIDA frontliner for attracting and facilitating foreign investments into the country, gives him the unique proposition to lead MIDA in the new norm.

Dato’ Azman’s retirement concludes his 32 years of service at MIDA. He has held various positions across many divisions within the organisation. He has been instrumental in building Malaysia’s business ecosystems, facilitating industrial development and promoting investments in line with the country’s national investment aspirations. The ultimate objective is to position Malaysia as a preferred investment destination in the region and beyond given our country’s strategic value propositions and potential business opportunities.

During Dato’ Azman’s leadership, MIDA has actively advised on, recommended and implemented policies, strategies and directions for Malaysia’s manufacturing and services sectors. Working together will all levels of stakeholders including governmental counterparts, foreign and local business communities as well as academia and training partners, MIDA has consistently achieved yearly investment targets of RM200 billion between 2014 to 2019.

Furthermore, MIDA has received several accolades in recognition of its contribution to the country’s development. Notably, MIDA’s excellence garnered the Top Investment Promotion Agency award in the Asia-Pacific National category by Site Selection magazine, a US-based international business publication, in 2015, 2016 and 2019.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented unanticipated challenges for MIDA; however, Dato’ Azman at the helm, helped MIDA and the industry stakeholders navigate the uncertainties together with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. MIDA was instrumental in the evaluation process during the initial Movement Control Order implementation and provided pertinent inputs for the drafting of policies and strategies in the Government’s plan to revive Malaysia’s economy to ensure that the nation’s industries remain sustainable and the livelihoods of people are protected.

Dato’ Azman has also led MIDA to actively re-engineering MIDA’s business processes to keep up with innovative and agile ways of working in this age of digitisation. The increased efficiency of the various functions of the organisation will enhance core business activities and visibility as well as strengthen the strategic planning and policy advocacy capacity.

This was particularly crucial during the pandemic as MIDA remained resilient and responsive in providing advice and support to the existing and potential investors despite the international border closures and restrictions in movement and gathering imposed. In 2020, MIDA successfully held over 500 online engagements with local and foreign stakeholders to update on the latest policy changes due to the pandemic through various online platforms and digital tools to ease investors and sustain confidence in Malaysia during the challenging time.

Moreover, on 23 March 2021, the Business Travellers’ Centre in KLIA was launched as part of the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative by MIDA to ease the movement of business travellers during the pandemic by expediting the approval of their entry into Malaysia, as Malaysia embarks on the path of revitalisation. 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 in Malaysia during the pandemic.

Most recently on 26 March 2021, MIDA’s InvestMalaysia Portal went live to the public. Serving as a single entry point for the stakeholders by offering 10 modules for online application submission, the portal focuses to transform MIDA’s core business functions towards improved efficiency and productivity by embracing an integrated technology system to expedite the application and approval process and further allow companies to speed-up project implementation.

As the organisation prepares itself for a smooth transition for the future, all MIDA Management and staff would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dato’ Azman for his contributions and dedication to the organisation and the country. MIDA will continue Dato’s Azman and his predecessors’ legacies to ensure MIDA remains a world class Investment Promotion Agency to cement Malaysia’s position as the pre-eminent preferred investment destination, under Mr. Arham’s leadership.

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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.

Media Contact:
Manjit Kaur Balkar Singh (Ms)
DL: +603-2267 3509 | Email: [email protected]

Dato’ Azman Mahmud Retires after 32 Years of Service for the Nation; Mr. Arham Abdul Rahman Helms Position as New CEO of MIDA


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