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Foreign direct investment affluences in Iskandar Malaysia

Ibrahim, Patmawati and Ali, Maimunah (2013) Foreign direct investment affluences in Iskandar Malaysia. In: International Conference on Economic, Finance and Management Outlooks (ICEFMO 2013), 05-06 October 2013, Pearl Hotel, Kuala Lumpur .


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Iskandar Malaysia is one of the regional economic growth areas that have been identified by the government of Malaysia to spearhead economic transformation programmes as stipulated in the Tenth Malaysia Plan. The aims of the economic transformation programmes are to address the declining trend in foreign investment and outflow of human capital, as well as to spur the next stage of economic development. Thus, Iskandar Malaysia serves as the platform to highlight Malaysia’s structural shift to broader macro objectives that aims to transform Malaysia into a developed nation by a knowledge-based economy. Since its inception in 2006, Iskandar Malaysia has attracted foreign investments of about RM111.4 billion as of the first quarter of 2013 and 40% of the investments has already been realised. The entry of heavyweights foreign investors such as Temasek, Ascendas, CapitaLand, China’s Country Garden and Australia’ Walker Corp have propelled foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into Iskandar Malaysia, making it highly dependent on foreign funds for development. Although FDI is the key catalytic agent of economic growth and development, it is not without pitfalls and setbacks, especially on local community and average households in Johore. The aim of this paper therefore, is to examine the affluences and setbacks of FDI in Iskandar Malaysia on average local households across the five flagship zones of Iskandar. The study would include analysing the impact of FDI on culture and social-economic environments as well as on natural surroundings in the Iskandar area, and subsequently, attempts to touch on the sustainability of FDI in maintaining rapid economic progress of Iskandar Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysia; Iskandar region; FDI; economy; transformation; Johore
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Technology Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 08:43
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 07:49
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/4588
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