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WHEN the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA) was set up with its much-touted air-tight governance structure, no one doubted that the biggest test to its paper-perfect concept would be in its execution. What we weren't prepared for was how soon that test would come. Rhetoric, meet reality.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA) is being expanded to a federal entity called 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) with the aim of investing billions of ringgit in energy, real estate and hospitality sectors in the country, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's office.
IT ought to be one of the country's greatest paradoxes - that oil and gas rich state Terengganu is one of the country's poorest states. And the main culprit is without a doubt the political wrangling over the state's major lifeline - oil royalties - and the cloak of uncertainty over its disbursement and utilisation.
The country's first state-established sovereign wealth fund, Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA), with an initial fund of RM11bil, has identified several high-impact investment projects in the tourism, energy and agriculture sectors in the state and around the country.