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STRATEGY Power through Knowledge

M a l ay s i a

2011

Economy | Finance | Higher Education | Energy, Green Technology & Water | Health | Economic Corridors | Tourism

Welcome Note

Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia

The Road Ahead

Malaysian Investment Development Authority

Spearheading the Future

PETRONAS

Pillars of Strength

5 Economic Corridors


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The Road Ahead Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

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Vision Driven Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

Winds of Change PEMANDU.

Impetus to Growth SME Corp. Malaysia.

17 Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak

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Trailblazer Maju Holdings Group of Companies.

Finance

Economy 06

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Resilient, Diverse Boustead Group.

Prime Minister’s Welcome Note

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A message from Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

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Chief Secretary’s Welcome Note A message from Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.

Crowning Glory

Yahaya Abdul Jabar rejoices on the growing camaraderie between the two states.

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Global Exchange Bursa Malaysia.

Higher Education 24 25

Petronas Towers

Pioneers of Finance of Minister of Finance, YB Dato’ Seri Haji Ahmad Husni Bin Mohamad Hanadzlah, is all geared for the next level of development.

An overview of the Malaysian economy.

Cherished Ties

Market Savvy An overview of the finance sector of Malaysia.

Educating Lives An overview of the higher education sector of Malaysia.

The Gift of Knowledge Minister of Higher Education, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Bin Nordin is helping position Malaysia as a centre of excellence for higher education.

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A Class Apart

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In Pursuit of Excellence

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).

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Energy, Green Technology and Water 30 33

Resource Driven An overview of the energy, green technology and water sector of Malaysia.

Think Green Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, YB Dato’ Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui is doing his bit to save the planet for a better tomorrow.

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Spearheading the Future

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Wastewater Solutions

PETRONAS. Indah Water Konsortium (IWK).

Economic Corridors 48

Pillars of Strength An overview of the five economic corridors of Malaysia.

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Future Perfect

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Eastern Allure

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East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC). An overview of the ECER corridor.

Surging Ahead Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).

Jewel in the Crown An overview of Iskandar Malaysia (IM).

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Health 38 39

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A Dose of Well-being An overview of the health sector of Malaysia.

In Good Health Director General of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Mohd. Ismail Bin Merican, is promoting medical tourism and addressing national and international healthrelated issues.

Health First Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC).

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Leading by Example

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Care with a Difference

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Tourism 57 59

KPJ Healthcare Berhad. An overview of KPJ Healthcare Berhad.

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Bako National Park, Sarawak

In Good Hands Institut Jantung Negara (IJN)/National Heart Institute.

Enriching Life Together Pharmaniaga Berhad.

Dream Destination An overview of Malaysia as a tourism destination.

The True Spirit of Asia Minister of Tourism, YB Dato Sri` Dr. Ng Yen Yen, has every reason to celebrate with Malaysia’s resounding success as a tourism destination.

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Royal Retreat I A Global Brand

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Hospitality

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The Final Analysis

Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur | Doubletree by Hilton. Malaysia’s best hotels, resorts and serviced residence. A graphic representation of Malaysia’s world competitiveness ranking.

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Prime Minister’s Welcome Note Dear Readers,

Malaysia—your home away from home. Salam Sejahtera (greetings). I am delighted to welcome you to this exclusive issue of Focus International on Malaysia. Today, Malaysia stands at the threshold of immense opportunities and epoch-making economic evolution. Malaysia was once the world’s largest producer of tin, rubber and palm oil. In the late 1970s, we aggressively moved towards industrialisation to ensure uniform prosperity marked a structural shift from agriculture- to manufacturing-based economy.

Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the fastest growing ASEAN economies. Even as parts of the world continue to experience the reverberations of the recent financial crisis, the Malaysian economy expanded by 9.5% in the first half of 2010, and we expect to complete this year with a remarkable growth rate of about 7%. I am confident that we will be a developed nation by 2020, if we can achieve an annual average growth rate of 6%.

Under the leadership of our five former honourable prime ministers, Malaysia has seen remarkable modernisation and economic transformation in a short period of time. Malaysia is, perhaps, the most appropriate example of a place where the economic interests of varied racial groups have been pragmatically managed without compromising growth momentum. Even in transition, we have maintained peace and harmony and have ensured parity in growth for all. It is this core vision that has resulted in the economic stability of Malaysia and has attracted investors and global brands to the country over the years. Our government recognises growth that is complemented with successful transformation at every level of our market. innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in a market that is poised for growth. Our policies have always been business-

our government has placed much emphasis on the development of green technology and sustainable use of renewable energy. We have introduced the Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS) to encourage business investment following our commitment at the recently held United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen. Geographically, Malaysia lies close to the major world trade routes; this accounts for our early exposure to international trade and economies and has also opened up a world of opportunities. As one of the three countries that form the Straits of Malacca, international trade has always been emphasised in our economy. It is international trade that has shaped much of the culture and tradition that weaves the very element of our country. Today, Malaysia is home to people from across the world, which proves that the very fabric of our society is woven with the vitality of a multiplicity of race and creed. Malaysia’s association with the Middle East dates as far back as the 10th century, as can be seen by the early influence of the Arab merchants. Today, we are proud to have major Middle Eastern investors in various sectors of the economy. Since assuming office, I’ve taken great efforts to reach out to our Middle Eastern investors with whom we have cherished longstanding partnerships and friendships. Here is a place you can call a home away from home. Here is a place where you can prosper. With our customary Selamat Datang greetings, I am honoured to invite you to Malaysia.

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Chief Secretary’s Welcome Note Dear Readers,

Make the next century with Malaysia. Malaysia–Our story has spanned many journeys, bridged several cultures and turned notable pages of history. Malaysia’s uniqueness is a result of the early influence of Hindu kingdoms in our cultures, the arrival of Islam in the 10th century through Arab merchants, and the interaction with the Dutch, the Portuguese, the Japanese and the British.

Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan Chief Secretary Government of Malaysia

Our priority is to make Malaysia a developed country by 2020. We rank very competitively on the Institute of Management Development (IMD) (10th for 2010 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook [WCY]), the World Economic Forum (26th for 2010 ranking) and the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Rankings (21st for 2010 ranking). Several other global rankings have marked Malaysia as one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and the most attractive for investment, tourism and as a place to live for expatriates. Malaysia, led predominantly by a Muslim majority population, has been active in addressing issues within the Muslim communities globally: witness our driving role in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) and the Halal and Islamic Finance agendas, to name a few.

Great emphasis is placed on eradicating poverty. Women have equal opportunities as men, irrespective of race, colour or creed. We are probably one of the few countries in the world with so many women in key roles, in both our public and private sectors. market transparency, driving excellence in service delivery and our role in the wider perspective of social responsibility. Malaysia introduced the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), which sets key national and ministerial performance indicators to ensure greater accountability in government performances. We have introduced the Economic attractive and large investment areas in several growth sectors like energy and power, information technology, renewable energy, real estate, service industries, finance, agriculture, education and entertainment, to name a few. Malaysia has successfully overcome several global crises, and our endurance has been credited to our commitment to market, the fortification of our judiciary, the thriving non-government organisations and our democracy predicate the strengthening of our public institutions. We have notable and strong global brands located here. Malaysia’s Islamic finance sector is one of the most progressive and attractive in the world. Our tourism industry, one of the leading industries in the country, attracts a wide variety of tourists from all over the world. In fact, many people who come here as tourists revisit the country later for business, having seen that Malaysia is truly a land of opportunities. In a world where investors are spoilt for choice, Malaysia is more than just a great place to do business—it offers an environment for a balanced life. Ours is a country woven by a rich fabric spanning cultures, traditions, religions and languages; it also offers a safe and growth nexus is here. Malaysia is moving assuredly towards becoming a developed economy in less than 10 years. I invite you to take this journey with Malaysia as we step into the coming century of economic prosperity! 07


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