Govt Approved RM392.9 Billion FDI From 2018 To 2021

The government approved foreign direct investments (FDI) worth RM392.9 billion in the manufacturing and services sectors under the supervision of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) from 2018 to 2021.

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Liew Chin Tong said of the total approved FDIs, RM300.5 billion, or 76.5 per cent, had been successfully realised.

“The breakdowns of the realised FDI between 2018 and 2021 are 57.6 per cent for 2018, 75.6 per cent (2019), 62.2 per cent (2020), and 87 per cent (2021),” he told the Dewan Negara in response to a question from Titiwangsa MP Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, on the amount of FDI realised each year compared to the amount of investment approved by MIDA between 2018 and 2022 here today.

Liew said the official data of FDI approved for 2022 will only be finalised at the end of next month.

“Typically, project implementation takes one to two years to be realised, depending on the scale of the project and current economic conditions,” he said.

The government, through the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) and Mida, is always committed to mobilising efforts to continue encouraging domestic and foreign investment into the country.

Liew said to ensure that the positive impact of FDI entry is immediately translated into economic activity, Mida has implemented various proactive strategies to realise investment projects by establishing the Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit (PACU).

PACU provides holistic facilitation to investors by speeding up and simplifying the approval process so that investment projects are implemented according to the set timeframe.

Mida has also introduced the InvestMalaysia portal, which is an online application platform to optimise investment facilitation, such as the approval of manufacturer licenses for non-sensitive industries within two working days, and monitor the progress of the implementation of approved projects through surveys conducted twice a year in June and December.

“The inflow of high-quality FDI is essential to stimulate economic growth and bring positive spillover effects to the country and people through the generation of high-skilled employment opportunities for local people and business opportunities,” he added.

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