KUALA LUMPUR: The National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana), which lays a foundation for financial support and initiatives for the business community, will help improve business sentiment among foreign investors.
Asean Chambers of Commerce president Datuk Moehamad Izat Emir said Malaysia has been in the spotlight since Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s rise as prime minister and efforts to address setbacks amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Moehamad Izat said the pandemic had distressed entrepreneurs as businesses and cash flow were disrupted.
“Foreign investors will be looking at Malaysia seriously. My counterparts in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore have expressed their admiration for the way Malaysia is tackling its problems right now.
“With this announcement, I have no doubt that foreign investors will be more interested in coming back here and invest in a great way,” he told Bernama.
The prime minister today announced 40 initiatives worth RM35 billion under Penjana, with the bulk of the allocation focused on job security, gig economy, re-skilling and easing cash flow for businesses.
National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) president Tan Sri Ter Leong Yap said the investment-related tax incentives and allowances would help revive both domestic and foreign investors’ confidence and rejuvenate the subdued private investment if they were well executed.
He said the NCCIM lauded the government’s decision to set up a fast track approval mechanism for manufacturing licence and tax incentives, as well as establish the Project Acceleration and Coordination (Pacu) in the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) to facilitate all the necessary approvals.
However, he said it was also equally important to provide strong facilitation support to accelerate domestic direct investment, especially to level up small and medium enterprises’ capability to become more competitive players.
Malaysia Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) deputy president Dr Sri Ganesh Michiel said among the announcements that benefited the hotel and tourism sector was the extension of the Wage Subsidy Programme, the deferment of instalment payments on tax payable for another three months and full exemption towards the Tourism Tax for one year, effective July 1.
“The hotel industry was immensely hit as businesses suffered zero revenue due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 60 per cent of our member hotels have closed their doors with no direction of how and what the future of the industry will be.
“We would like to thank the government for their assistance to both business operators and their employees in the tourism and hotel industry, which was the first to be affected and the last to recover.” – BERNAMA