Malaysia Industry Articles & Analysis

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Touting the country’s 12m-strong workforce as a highly skilled labour pool able to provide a competitive advantage for businesses setting up in Malaysia, the government upped the ante in 2012 by enacting a minimum wage. Announced by the prime minister, Najib Razak, in May, the law sets the minimum salary at RM900 ($290) per month for workers in...

As the global population cruises past the 7bn mark, the demand for health care goods and services continues to grow through bull and bear markets. With the annual global market estimated by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) at $300bn and growing at a rate of 10%, the medical devices industry provides a competitive yet attractive...

Buoyed by consistent economic growth, a rising population, rapid urbanisation, low unemployment and a burgeoning middle class, Malaysia’s retail sector is continuing its strong run in the face of a cooling global economy. Total retail sales – excluding large-scale purchases such as cars and homes – for 2011 were valued at $26.8bn by Retail Group...

To meet the government’s social and economic goals of transforming Malaysia into a stable and inclusive high-income nation by 2020, gross national income (GNI) will need to register annual growth of at least 6% until 2020. This would entail lifting GNI per capita from the 2009 level of $7650 to over $15,400, and if it is to be reached the industrial...

What tools can be used to encourage low-end manufacturers to move up the value chain?

Requiring sophisticated manufacturing techniques, skilled labourers, reliable power supply and developed infrastructure, solar manufacturing fits neatly into the Malaysian government’s strong push into the development of value-added industrial capabilities. In addition, the government implemented a new feed-in tariff renewable energy incentive...