Now aiming for global advances
Industrious implementation of a national building plan has led malaysia to the forefront of high-tech development and global initiatives. today, the country’s business focus is on expanding overseas operations.

Malaysia has passed from being an idyllic Southeast Asian paradise to stepping onto the globalization train, with state-of-the-art infrastructure and progressive social integration

Malaysia lies in the South China Sea surrounded by neighbors Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Brunei. The country covers a geographical terrain slightly larger than the size of New Mexico and is home to a multicultural and multiracial population of 25 million people. The South China Sea separates Peninsular Malaysia from East Malaysia on Borneo, which is where the country’s oil producing provinces of Sabah and Sarawak are located. Lapped by the warm waters of the sea, Malaysia boasts a tropical climate. Its terrain is comprised of coastal plains that slope to never ending stretches of pristine coastline and that extend inwards to lush interior jungle.

Consequently, it boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes. A former British colony, Peninsular Malaysia achieved independence in 1957, to be later joined by the east Malaysian states in 1963.

And that is where the sleepy idyllic Southeast Asian paradise fairytale ends. Since independence Malaysians have been industriously implementing a cohesive nation-building plan that has resulted today in the creation of an ambitious, smart and state-of-the art modern state that is not only at the forefront of high-tech development and production, but that is also a success story of cultural tolerance and progressive social integration. And now Malaysia is going global.

An ambitious government campaign has ensured a dynamic, international presence

One year into the term of a new Prime Minister who is injecting fresh energy into the nation’s vision, Malaysia continues to push itself to grow and excel. The country made the jump from an agricultural-based economy to manufacturing years ago, setting the world’s electronics industry on fire. They then moved on to IT. Now they are focusing on becoming a global center for advanced technological research and development.

ABDULLAH BADAWI
ABDULLAH BADAWI
Prime Minister of Malaysia

Moreover, Malaysian companies have lately begun to appear in numerous destinations throughout the world. An ambitious government campaign in the last year to ensure a dynamic Malaysian presence in the global economy has begun to take effect, and Malaysian companies across the board are heard repeating the same mantra – we must expand our overseas operations.

All this translates into very promising opportunities for the American investor, whether in joint ventures with Malaysian companies worldwide, as a source of skilled outsourcing, or in joining the high-tech train within the country. Malaysia maintains close diplomatic ties with the U.S. and has a long history of economic cooperation with American companies. Indeed, the U.S. is Malaysia’s most important trading partner, its largest export market, and its largest foreign investor. Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi comments, “We appreciate very much that the US has remained fully committed to Malaysia. I would also say that these are businessmen who have been good friends, not fair-weather friends. They are here because they believe in us; they know that this is the place to invest and this is a place where they can live and be happy, where the standard of living is high and the cost of living is low.”

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