KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 — An allocation of RM2.1 billion for programmes and initiatives proposed in Budget 2022 responded to the immediate need to revive the country’s economy and attract new high-quality, high-tech and green-tech investments.
Senior Minister cum International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the government’s efforts were in line with the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) and Malaysia’s National Investment Aspirations (NIA) which placed environmental, social and governance (ESG) elements.
“Among the initiatives contained in Budget 2022 to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and increase local capacity, include the Special Strategic Investment Fund to attract strategic foreign investment among multinational companies.
“This is specifically what can complete the industry value chain and drive the creation of knowledge-based jobs and the development of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the proposed RM2 billion allocation,” he told a press conference after the tabling of Budget 2022 by Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz today.
Azmin said other initiatives to attract FDI included the Trade and Investment Mission to explore high-impact investments and export markets with an allocation of RM25 million; PMKS Halal Product Digital Branding and PMKS Halal Product Marketability Enhancement programme (RM25 million); and Industry4WRD to encourage technological transformation towards the fourth industrial revolution among SMEs (RM45 million).
Meanwhile, Azmin said investment inflows to Malaysia have been more labour intensive and caused the country to be too dependent on foreign workers.
“Today alone we have more than five million foreign workers while I am confident that local youths have the potential skills if they were given the opportunity to hone their talents and skills,” he said.
Hence, he said the incentives provided to woo strategic investment to Malaysia would not only bring high-quality investment, but also create high-quality jobs for young people.
“For this year, Miti is expected to attract RM200 billion in investment and create about 114,000 jobs. Most of the FDI is expected to come from the manufacturing sector, accounting for RM140 billion,” he said.
He is confident that through the incentives proposed in Budget 2022, Miti will be able to attract investment for 2022 that surpasses this year’s performance. — Bernama