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Malaysia Prepares for Global Success
An Interview with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Minister, Ministry of International Trade and Industry


Cecilia Zecha: How is Malaysia working through this current state of turmoil?

Tan Sri Muhyiddin:

Zecha: How is weaker U.S. demand affecting Malaysian exports?

Tan Sri Muhyiddin:

Zecha: Malaysia has large reserves of important commodities such as palm oil and natural gas, and manufacturing of electrical products and electronic components accounts for a significant portion of overall trade. Where do you see the strongest growth coming from?

Tan Sri Muhyiddin:

Zecha: How competitive is Malaysia as a manufacturing and export base compared to China and Vietnam?

Tan Sri Muhyiddin:

Zecha: Volatility in the global economic system has led to a rise in voices seeking to curb global trade through protectionist measures. What are the risks today to the global trading system? What are the best ways to foster fair and open trade so that small countries, which are efficient producers like Malaysia, can grow and prosper along with their partners?

Tan Sri Muhyiddin:
The Next Chapter

Dato’ Jalilah Baba, Director General, Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA)

Magnet for Investment


 “We realize the way forward is to maintain manufacturing in capital-intensive, high-valueadded and high-knowledge content industries, while pushing for the services sector.
— Director General Dato’ Jalilah Baba,
Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA)


Malaysia’s ability to attract foreign investments reflects the country’s competitiveness as a manufacturing and export base.

Malaysia’s top manufacturing investors in 2007

Malaysia’s top manufacturing investors

from January to June 2008


Dato’Noharuddin Nordin, CEO, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

Economic Turbines Are Fully Charged

Trade Focused: MATRADE organizes events such as International Trade Malaysia (INTRADE), a leading general trade fair in the ASEAN region.