MALAYSIA MEANS BUSINESS – FOREWORD
Malaysia is an open economy, and we trade with almost every one of the 160 members of
the World Trade Organisation. And as Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister, I
interact with the business community across the world. However, often I find that many are
still not familiar with Malaysia.
In my briefings to the international business I always make it a point to display a map of
Malaysia. This is to place us in context in the region; to show Malaysia’s strategic location
within ASEAN and in Asia. I also share aspects of the country because these also provide a
glimpse of what Malaysia has to offer. It can also be the tipping point for corporate leaders
when they consider Malaysia as a business destination or for their next holiday.
Even in an era where information is readily available through electronic search engines, there
is still a need for quick access to more comprehensive information.
This Guide fills a gap for easier access to facts and figures on Malaysia. I would go so far as to
say that it functions as a “one-stop-centre” for information on Malaysia.
Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed
Minister of International Trade and Industry