Archived e-Newsletters 2019

Archived e-Newsletters 2019

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MIDA Newsletter - December 2019 Issue

Getting to Know the Licensing and Incentive Compliance & Monitoring (PPPG) Function of MIDA

MIDA, through its Licensing and Incentive Compliance & Monitoring Section (PPPG) provides the aftercare services for manufacturing and services companies. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), aftercare services is defined as the range of activities from post-establishment facilitation services to developmental support by the Investment Promotion Agencies to retain and encourage follow-on investment.

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MIDA Newsletter - November 2019 Issue

Approved Investments in January - September 2019 Create 93,841 Additional Jobs

For the first nine months of 2019, Malaysia recorded RM149 billion worth of approved investments in the services, manufacturing and primary sectors. This was 4.4% higher than the RM142.6 billion approved in the same period last year. These investments involved 4,025 projects and will create an additional of 93,841 job opportunities. The majority of the investments came from domestic sources, which contributed RM82.7 billion or 55.5% of the total investments. Foreign direct investments (FDI) represented 44.5% or RM66.3 billion. Total approved FDI in these three main sectors increased by 6.5% to RM66.3 billion in January-September 2019 from RM62.2 billion in the same period last year.

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MIDA Newsletter - October 2019 Issue

Snapshots of Budget 2020

Budget 2020 themed,“Driving Growth and Equitable Outcomes Towards Shared Prosperity”, was announced by the Minister of Finance on 11 October 2019. The Budget is anchored on four thrusts:

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MIDA Newsletter - September 2019 Issue

PostInvest Promotes Ease of Doing Business

To nurture the growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Domestic Investment (DI) in the country, MIDA - through its Post Investment and Infrastructure SupportDivision (PostInvest), provides ‘handholding’ and ‘problem solving’ services to assist companies’ investing journey in Malaysia.

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MIDA Newsletter - August 2019 Issue

Malaysia Continues to Attract Business Interest

Malaysia continues to sustain its investment growth momentum in the first half of 2019 (1H2019) despite the challenging global economic landscape and intense competition, with total investments of RM92.0 billion recorded in the services, manufacturing and primary sectors for 1H2019. These investments were from 2,554 projects and will potentially create 59,542 employment opportunities in the country.

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MIDA Newsletter - July 2019 Issue

Malaysia : The World's Best Country to Invest

The first quarter of 2019 indicated a positive start to the year, with approved foreign investments into Malaysia increased by 73.4% to RM29.3 billion from RM16.9 billion in the first quarter of 2018. This commendable performance could only be achieved with the conducive business climate within the country, which has not gone unnoticed by international observers.

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MIDA Newsletter - June 2019 Issue

Malaysia Remains an Attractive Investment Destination:Recording Approved Investments of RM53.9 billion in Q1 2019

Malaysia has successfully attracted a total of RM53.9 billion approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors for the first quarter of 2019 (Q1 2019), an increase of 3.1% from the same period last year (RM52.3 billion). These investments are from 1,678 projects and are expected to generate more than 41,200 job opportunities for the country.

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MIDA Newsletter - May 2019 Issue

MIDA Facilitates Overseas Internship for Malaysian Students Abroad

Enhancing the students' employability has always been on top of the human capital development agenda of the Government. This is to ensure that they are industry-relevant, ready to enter the job market and ultimately able to contribute to the economic growth of the country. Various programmes are usually adopted by universities and colleges to increase the employability of their students such as internship, career awareness program, industry talk, curriculum embedment, and lecturer's attachment to industry.

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MIDA Newsletter - April 2019 Issue

MIDA Receives Top Investment Promotion Agency 2019 Award - Asia Pacific Category

MIDA has once again won the Top Investment Promotion Agency 2019 award in the Asia-Pacific National category by the Site Selection, together with the EDB Singapore. The agency won the same award in 2015 and 2016.

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MIDA Newsletter - March 2019 Issue

Approved Investments in the Manufacturing, Services and Primary Sectors Chart RM201.7 Billion in 2018

Malaysia is set to leverage on the improving trend of private investments bolstered by the positive sentiments arising from the new Government's supportive policies and clear economic direction. This is reflected in the total approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors, which has increased from RM200.6 billion in 2017 to RM201.7 billion in 2018. Foreign investors continue to capitalise on uniquely Malaysian ecosystems and its regional synergies as FDI increased by 48% from RM54.4 billion in 2017 to RM80.5 bil in 2018.

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MIDA Newsletter - February 2019 Issue

Malaysia's Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment

Industry4WRD Readiness Assessment (RA), which was launched together with the National Policy on Industry 4.0 titled "Industry4WRD" is a comprehensive programme to help a company assess their capabilities and readiness to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies and processes. The assessment uses a pre-determined set of indicators to understand their present capabilities and gaps, which will enable the company to prepare possible strategies and plans to move towards Industry 4.0.

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MIDA Newsletter - January 2019 Issue


In its effort to reduce leakages while ensuring efficient taxation, the Malaysian Government through Budget 2019 announced several changes in the current tax treatment. A point to note, however, was the Government's quick response to industries' concerns on the limitation of unabsorbed capital allowances. The limitation was lifted before the gazette was done on 27 December 2018. Such action is an attestation that Malaysia is a business friendly destination that is pragmatic and practical in introducing new policies. MIDA trusts that this simplified extract of the major changes will provide more clarity for businesses to usher in the new year.

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Last Updated : Thursday 22nd October 2020