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MUSTAPA MOHAMED (depan, tengah) bersama Duta Jepun ke Malaysia,

KUALA LUMPUR 26 Feb. – Kerajaan akan memberi tumpuan khusus terhadap beberapa wilayah seperti di Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu dan Sabah dengan melaksanakan empat inisiatif bagi meningkatkan pelaburan luar ke negeri terbabit pada tahun ini.

Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed berkata, pembangunan enam koridor di negara itu sememangnya menyediakan insentif yang baik, tetapi masih belum mencukupi untuk menarik keyakinan pelabur luar.

Katanya, antara inisiatif yang akan diperkenalkan termasuklah menyediakan elaun modal sebanyak 200 peratus bagi perbelanjaan automasi untuk menggalakkan sektor tersebut terutamanya industri berasaskan buruh dan pakej insentif khusus untuk kawasan kurang membangun.

Selain itu, ujar beliau, kerajaan turut menyediakan insentif cukai bagi hab utama dalam pelaburan inovasi dan teknologi untuk mewujudkan pekerjaan berpendapatan tinggi, lima tahun pengecualian cukai bagi mengurus, mengekalkan dan menaik taraf kawasan perindustrian.

“Adalah satu perkara mencabar apabila saya bercakap dengan pelabur luar tentang beberapa bahagian negeri yang kurang membangun di Malaysia. Jadi sasaran kami supaya dapat melaksanakan empat inisiatif ini dan meningkatkan pelaburan ke negeri-negeri yang dikenal pasti ini,” katanya dalam sidang akhbar selepas pengumuman prestasi pelaburan 2014.

Yang turut hadir, Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Ir. Hamim Samuri, Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA), Datuk Azman Mahmud.

Pada 2014, dari segi pelaburan diluluskan, Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER) mencatat pelaburan berjumlah RM8 bilion manakala Koridor Pembangunan Sabah sebanyak RM2.9 bilion. Koridor lain iaitu Pihak Berkuasa Pelaksanaan Koridor Utara (NCIA) sebanyak RM13.7 bilion, Lembah Klang ((RM7.1 bilion), Iskandar Malaysia (RM3.6 bilion) dan Koridor Tenaga Boleh Diperbaharui (SCORE) sebanyak RM9.6 bilion.

Secara keseluruhan, pelaburan langsung pada 2014 meningkat kepada RM235.9 bilion berbanding RM219.4 bilion tahun sebelumnya, sekali gus melepasi sasaran purata pelaburan tahunan sebanyak RM148 bilion yang ditetapkan di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Ke-10 (RMK-10).

Ketika ditanya tentang undang-undang pelaburan yang mungkin berbeza di setiap negeri, Mustapa berkata, negara hanya mempunyai satu sahaja undang-undang tersebut di peringkat Persekutuan tetapi yang membezakannya adalah dari segi nilai hartanah dan ekosistem infrastruktur di sesebuah negeri.

“Setiap negeri, misalnya Selangor memiliki hartanah yang lebih mahal, ada juga negeri yang agresif untuk pembangunan hartanah dan setiap negeri pula bersaing sesama sendiri untuk menarik pelaburan tetapi dalam konteks undang-undang pelaburan, hanya ada di peringkat Persekutuan bukannya di peringkat wilayah,” katanya.

KUALA LUMPUR 26 Feb. – Malaysia mencatat pelaburan langsung diluluskan sebanyak RM235.9 bilion pada 2014 berbanding RM219.4 bilion bagi tahun sebelumnya.

Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed berkata, sektor perkhidmatan menyumbang bahagian terbesar daripada jumlah pelaburan iaitu RM149.6 bilion diikuti sektor perkilangan iaitu RM71.9 bilion manakala sektor utama menyumbang RM14.4 bilion.

Katanya, jumlah pelaburan itu yang diluluskan daripada 5,942 projek dijangka menjana 178,360 peluang pekerjaan terutama dalam teknologi tinggi dan industri yang mempunyai nilai tambah.

“Bagaimanapun, berdasarkan prestasi 2014, kita menjangkakan pertumbuhan sederhana bagi pelaburan diluluskan pada tahun ini. Setakat ini, projek sedia ada bagi tahun ini sudah berjumlah RM65.1 bilion,” katanya dalam sidang akhbar selepas pengumuman prestasi pelaburan 2014 di sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Ir. Hamim Samuri, Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA), Datuk Azman Mahmud.

Daripada jumlah pelaburan diluluskan, sebanyak RM171.3 bilion terdiri daripada Pelaburan Domestik Langsung (DDI) manakala RM64.6 bilion adalah daripada sumber asing.

Kerajaan menerusi MIDA me­nyasarkan untuk mencapai pe­laburan sebanyak RM56 bilion yang diluluskan bagi sektor perkilangan manakala RM64.5 bilion untuk sektor perkhidmatan (termasuk hartanah).

Sementara itu, Azman berkata, MIDA perlu mencapai sasaran purata pelaburan tahunan sebanyak 10.9 peratus atau RM148 bilion bagi mengekalkan momentum pertumbuhan seperti mana yang ditetapkan di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Ke-10 (RMK-10).

- See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/nasional/pelaburan-diluluskan-2014-catat-rm235-9-bilion-1.64175#sthash.qFcokwN3.dpuf

Mustapa says the Government will include customised incentives to attract more foreign investors. – Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Approved investments climbed for the fourth consecutive year in 2014, rising to a new high of RM235.9bil compared with RM219.4bil recorded in 2013, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Domestic investments accounted for 72.6% of the total while new investments in the manufacturing sector rose 38% to RM71.9bil.

The approved projects last year would create 178,360 new jobs, Mustapa said.

He said the Government was setting a modest target of RM56bil for approved projects in the manufacturing sector amid a more challenging global economic outlook.

“We are planning to introduce tax and location incentives for principal hub companies,” Mustapa said at an economic event organised by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) yesterday. The Government, he said, would include customised incentives to attract more foreign investors.

The economy expanded 6% in 2014, boosted by steady growth in the construction and services sector.

Exports, a key engine in the country’s economic growth, rose 5.1% to RM741.3mil.

The Government revised its budget for 2015 after taking into account the lower oil prices.

“Continued surplus in the current account provides for economic strength that buffer against external shocks,’’ Minister in the Prime Minister Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) Datuk Sri Abdul Wahid Omar said at the same event.

But sustaining growth in 2015 would be a challenging one, as plunging prices of crude oil reduced the country’s income and affected the key oil and gas industry.

“We are seeing a significant shift from dependence on oil revenue with the reduction from 35.4% of total government revenue in 2010 to 29.7% as estimated by EPU in 2014,’’ Minister in the Prime Minister Department and CEO of Pemandu Datuk Seri Idris Jala said.

He also said that the country’s current fiscal issues, like persistent budget deficit and revenue worries, were relatively “easy” to fix.

He noted the plunge in crude oil prices oil had allowed the Government the opportunity to rationalise its hugely expensive fuel subsidy programme, while the introduction of the goods and services tax in April would immediately broaden the country’s tax base.

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 26): Malaysia will increase incentives for companies to relocate operations to the country as it seeks more foreign investments to bolster growth.

Approved direct investments rose to a record 235.9 billion ringgit ($65.5 billion) last year from 219.4 billion in 2013, International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed said in Kuala Lumpur today. Domestic investments accounted for about 73 percent of the total, he said.

Prime Minister Najib Razak is dismantling decades of subsidies and increasing his focus on luring foreign investment, boosting education standards and adding high-quality jobs to propel the economy into developed status by the end of this decade. The government is depending on the private sector to drive capital spending as it cuts operating expenditure to narrow a budget deficit.

“We are planning to introduce tax and location incentives for principal hub companies and the details are still being worked” out, Mustapa told reporters. “These also include customized incentives.”

Najib unveiled a plan known as the Economic Transformation Program in 2010 to attract $444 billion of local and foreign private sector-led investment in Malaysia by 2020, ranging from oil storage to a subway in Kuala Lumpur.

Approved investments last year are projected to create more than 178,000 new jobs, Mustapa said. So far, there are projects worth more than 65 billion ringgit in manufacturing and services that are waiting to be approved in 2015, he said.

The services industry accounted for about 63.4 percent of approved investments in 2014, compared with about 30.5 percent for manufacturing and 6.1 percent for the primary sector.

Malaysia is forecasting a budget shortfall of 3.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2015, bigger than an October target of 3 percent after a decline in crude prices curbed the oil producer’s revenue.

The country has reduced its dependence on oil for revenue to 29.7 percent in 2014 from 35.4 percent in 2010, Minister Idris Jala said in a separate statement today.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) — Malaysia aims to attract investments worth RM56 billion in the manufacturing sector in 2015, a modest target compared with the RM71.9 billion it received last year.

Minister of International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the manufacturing sector has remained attractive to investors, with approved investments in the sector surging by 38 per cent to RM71.9 billion in 2014 compared with RM52.1 billion in 2013.

For the services sector, excluding real estate, the government expects to attract RM64.5 billion in investments this year, the minister said after revealing the country’s Investment Performance Report 2014 here, Thursday.

Despite a challenging external environment this year, Mustapa said he still expects a moderate outlook for the investment climate in Malaysia.

He said currently there are RM65.1 billion worth of on-going projects — RM51.4 billion in the manufacturing sector and RM13.7 billion in the services sector.

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Azman Mahmud said the agency will continue to focus on an ecosystem approach to lure investments in the targeted industries.

This includes strengthening the coordination of investment promotion activities, enhancing facilitation of approved investments, and improving the compilation and dissemination of investment statistics.

MIDA is an agency under MITI that overseas and drives investments in the manufacturing and services sectors.

Azman said the government, on its part, will continue to introduce various measures and incentives to enhance Malaysia’s competitiveness.

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