KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia attracted approved investments worth RM71.4 billion in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors for the first quarter (1Q) of 2023, according to the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida).
The government’s principal investment promotion and development agency said this involves 1,265 projects that are expected to generate 23,977 new job opportunities.
"With its conducive investment landscape, Malaysia continues to capture more foreign direct investments (FDI) than domestic direct investments (DDI).
"FDI contributed RM37.5 billion, representing 52.5 per cent of the total approved investments,” Mida said in a statement today.
Singapore leads with approved investments totalling RM11.5 billion, followed by the British Virgin Islands (RM7.1 billion), China (RM6.5 billion), Hong Kong (RM2.9 billion), and South Korea (RM2.5 billion).
Meanwhile, DDI accounted for RM33.9 billion, reflecting domestic investors’ renewed confidence in Malaysia’s economic progress and prospects, the agency said.
On approved projects by state, Mida said the top five states that attracted a significant portion of the approved investments were Kuala Lumpur with RM21.8 billion, followed by Johor (RM10.6 billion), Selangor (RM7.4 billion), Perak (RM7.1 billion), and Sabah (RM6.3 billion).
In terms of sector, the services sector drew the lion’s share of approved investments at RM53.6 billion (with over 12,000 job opportunities), followed by the manufacturing sector (RM15.6 billion, over 11,900 new jobs) and the primary sector (RM2.2 billion).
Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz said Malaysia's ability to attract RM71.4 billion in approved investments for the quarter underscores the country’s continued appeal as an investment powerhouse.
"Both foreign direct investments and domestic investments almost match each other in value. From a domestic perspective, this clearly reflects renewed confidence in Malaysia’s growth prospects.
"All these will have a positive spillover impact, particularly on the small and medium enterprises in our domestic supply chain, and on the rakyat in terms of better-paying jobs, which will help support our economy in the face of various global challenges this year,” he said.
Malaysia’s investment landscape presents bright prospects with a pipeline of proposed investments and leads projects overseen by Mida.
It said there are currently 878 projects with proposed investments amounting to RM35.9 billion for pipeline projects and RM150.4 billion for lead projects.
The manufacturing sector took the lead with 78.8 per cent (RM28.3 billion) of pipeline projects, while the services sector accounted for 21.2 per cent (RM7.6 billion), showcasing a diversified investment portfolio.
Mida chief executive officer Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman said this robust pipeline and lead project portfolio solidify Malaysia’s reputation as an attractive and thriving investment destination, fueled by its strategic location, robust infrastructure, skilled workforce, and supportive business policies.
He said that Mida, as the main investment promotion agency in Malaysia, remains committed to fostering a conducive environment for businesses and investors, and these impressive figures reflect the confidence they have in Malaysia's potential for long-term growth and success.
"Moving forward, the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry and Mida aim to sustain this momentum by attracting new investments that are aligned to the objectives of the New Investment Policy, towards sustainable and inclusive economic growth for Malaysia,” he added. - Bernama