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Malaysia: A Safe Harbor in the Storm
An Interview with Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia


The number one topic these days is the state of the economy. How is Malaysia faring in the midst of this global volatility?

Have you taken measures to ensure that growth continues in Malaysia?

Another source of foreign investment is into the stock market. You’ve supported a reform agenda at the Bursa Malaysia. What changes can investors expect to see in the stock market?

One of the more exciting developments in Malaysia is the Iskandar Malaysia development. Can you give us an update on how this is progressing?

You are the chairman of the East Coast Economic Development Corporation. Can you give us a sense of your vision for the development of the East Coast of Malaysia?

Malaysia is developing a reputation as a hub for Islamic finance. What’s been accomplished and what else is planned to develop its global status?

Tourism is another priority area for Malaysia. What steps are being taken to raise Malaysia’s tourist appeal, especially to attract high-end tourists?

Malaysia has already had major success in developing its high-tech sector. What more can be done and is being done to develop this critical sector?

Malaysia has always played a prominent role in Southeast Asia. What role would you like Malaysia to play in regional and global affairs?

Would that include a new engagement with the Gulf states as well?

Of course, Forbes will be coming to Kuala Lumpur this September to hold its ninth annual Forbes Global CEO Conference. For those who are not familiar with Malaysia, what can they expect to experience while in the country?

Malaysia: A Safe Harbor in the Storm

Datuk Jalilah Baba
Director-General, Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA)

Dato' Noharuddin Nordin
Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

MATRADE Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur

Dato’ Haji Abdul Ghani Bin Othman
Chief Minister of Johor and Co-Chairman of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)

Building Centers of Growth

With buildings based on Andalusian and Moorish architecture, Kota Iskandar, located in Nusajaya, is the administrative center for the Johor state government consisting of the State Assembly, Chief Minister Complex and the Secretariat of the State of Johor

Puteri Harbour, an integrated waterfront and marina development that spans 688 acres offering a panoramic view of the Straits of Johor

Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club, designed by world renowned golf course architect Ross Watson which recently earned “Super Best Hole No.18 Golf Course 2008” by Malaysia Par Golf

The contemporary looking HHGCC clubhouse, designed by renowned designer Ernesto Bedmar from Bedmar & Shi

Port of Tanjung Pelepas, one of the main key strategic drivers to realize and expedite the government's plans and vision to turn South West Johor into the new regional growth area of Iskandar Malaysia

Ms. Arlida Ariff
Chief Executive Officer, Iskandar Investment Berhad

LEGOLAND is building its first park in Asia in Iskandar Malaysia

Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) will open in 2011


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