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US investment in M'sia rises sharply to RM23bil, from RM475mil in 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia approved U.S. investment worth US$5.62 billion (RM23.64 billion) in the first half of the year compared with US$113 million (RM475.23 million) the previous year, the government said on Wednesday, a possible sign of a diversion of U.S. business as a trade row with China drags on.
U.S. and Chinese companies alike are looking at moving some of their manufacturing out of China to escape tit-for-tat tariffs imposed on each other’s products.
Economists say Vietnam and Malaysia are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries, though countries such as India are also trying to attract companies such as Apple, Foxconn and Wistron Corp.
The Malaysian Investment Development Authority, which shared the data on foreign private investments with Reuters on Wednesday, declined to name any company but said global firms were increasingly attracted to Malaysia for its stable business and political climate.
In the first six months of the year, Malaysia approved U.S. investment proposals worth RM11.69 billion in the manufacturing sector, compared with RM307 million a year earlier, replacing China at the top of the investment list.
Malaysia already hosts manufacturing plants of U.S. companies such as Intel Corp, Dell Technologies Inc and On Semiconductor Corp.
Proposed U.S. investment in the service sector soared to RM11.52 billion from just RM42.3 million in the year-ago period, the data showed.
Total approved proposals from Chinese companies dipped to RM5.1 billion ringgit this year from RM5.69 billion a year earlier. --Reuters

     sourceNew Straits Time

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