Over 85% of approved manufacturing projects implemented, says Tengku Zafrul

Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 85% of the manufacturing projects approved from 2021 to 2023 have been implemented to date, led by the Investment, Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) and its agency the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

MITI Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz (pic) said a total 2,386 manufacturing projects were approved during that period, and generally these projects would require 18 to 24 months to be completed, depending on their complexity.

"We will ensure a full implementation rate (nearly 100%) in the years to come. MITI also would like to recognise the contributions from various parties at all levels, including the various ministries, agencies and private sector that have assisted in expediting the investment commitments’ implementation process,” he said in a statement on Friday (Feb 23).

Tengku Zafrul said the total approved investment of RM329.5bil recorded for 2023 reflects the recovery and revival of the national economy.

"The 35.1% jump in domestic investments also reflects the confidence in the Madani government’s policies,” he said.

He cited several projects that succeeded to be implemented in a short duration -- less than 18 months -- including silicon battery company Enovix Corporation’s unit Enovix Malaysia Sdn Bhd which was able to implement its project in less than six months.

Other companies mentioned were Ferrotec Manufaturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which established Ferrotec Holdings’ first manufacturing facility for electromechanical assembly and advanced material fabrication for semiconductor equipment in Southeast Asia, and Ultra Clean Technology (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, which invested in a capacity expansion project in Penang.

"The rapid and thorough implementation to realise the approved investments has been executed via platforms such as the National Investment Council (MPN), Investment and Trade Coordination Action Committee (JTPPP) and Investment Coordination Committee Meeting (ICCM).

"MIDA, through the Project Implementation and Facilitation Office (Track), is also committed in ensuring the approved manufacturing projects can be implemented immediately,” he added. - Bernama

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