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FOREWORD BY THE PRIME MINISTER

The Guide to Malaysia

is an authoritative and

comprehensive guide that provides authentic, in-

depth knowledge and revealing insights into our

dynamic and fascinating country. It gathers its

information from a wide variety of sources and

outlines every aspect of our society, economy and

physical environment to present a balanced, well-

researched and highly accessible introduction to

who we are, what we have to offer and where we

are heading.

Malaysia has been in the business of welcoming visitors, whether for business or pleasure,

for a very long time, since the golden days of the Melaka Sultanate, in fact. I would also like

to assure you that our openness and strong traditions of hospitality haven’t changed. I can

state categorically that Malaysia welcomes you, whether you are a tourist, overseas student,

expatriate, conference delegate, diplomat, business visitor or potential investor.

The Government has embarked on a major transformation programme that has seen Malaysia

moving up to 6

th

position in the world in the World Bank Report on ease of doing business.

We also continue to rank high in the World Economic Forum’s Competitiveness Report.

Building on these achievements, we are determined to further enhance the attractiveness

and competitiveness of Malaysia by pursuing market-friendly yet inclusive policies that will

ensure sustainable growth of our economy.

As 2014 is Visit Malaysia Year - I welcome you most warmly to our captivating country. Let

The Guide to Malaysia

be your compendium on Malaysia and help you to get the best out of

your visit.

DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB

Prime Minister of Malaysia