A year of consolidation, rehabilitation and resetting the nation: Tun M

18 Apr 2019 / 16:19 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: The first year of Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has been dedicated to consolidation, rehabilitation and resetting the nation amid the mess created by the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, according to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

The Prime Minister said as the government struggled to make real sense of the scandal it discovered the damage was more extensive than expected and along the way it uncovered that the other pillars of the country’s economy were compromised as badly if not worse.

“To sum it up, it had been a year of consolidation, rehabilitation and resetting our nation,” he said at the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce’s (Amcham) Annual General Meeting, here today.

Nevertheless, Dr Mahathir said much as it seems that the new Government has a lot of work to do, “I believe we have turned the corner and we look forward to finally sit down and pursue our plans instead of merely tied down to mopping and cleaning up tasks.”

He said the PH government is also conscious that the country cannot develop if it does not grow the economy.

“Therefore, we are committed to ensuring our policies are investor-friendly; to both foreign and domestic investors. This government will strive to continue our engagement with multinationals like you.

“As we take your viewpoints into consideration, in turn, you will continue to view Malaysia as a favoured, strategic and profitable investment destination for US businesses now and in years to come,” the Prime Minister added.

In 2018, the US was Malaysia’s third largest trading partner in the world, with total trade exceeding RM155 billion. Exports from Malaysia to the US increased to more than RM90 billion, which was the highest value in more than a decade.

Of the 78 MNCs under InvestKL, 20 of them are from the US. This is by far the biggest from any single country — the next one has only half this number.

In the manufacturing space, the US is the second-largest foreign investor in Malaysia. Projects that US companies have implemented are valued at almost US$22 billion (RM91 billion), second only to Japan. — Bernama

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