Despite Malaysia's proposed economic reforms, foreign investors
are shunning the country's markets, opting for better investment
opportunities in the region. Nevertheless, the Malaysia
country-related exchange traded fund (
) is trading favorably on higher growth in the emerging
A recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch report dubbed Malaysia
the "least-favored market" in the Asia Pacific after the country
dropped from 10th to last in the latest Fund Mangers Survey,
reports Yong Hong Chieh for My Sinchew
. The United Nations calculates that overseas investment dropped
81% last year. [
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Malaysia isn't taking this lying down, though:
- Through the New Economic Model (
), the government hopes to increase per capita income to $15,000,
which meets the World Bank's definition of high-income nation. To
meet this goal, the country will have to grow by an average 6%
annually in the next five years. [
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- Malaysia will add an additional 3.3 million jobs, with 60% in
the medium- or high-income categories, to help the country reach
high-income nation status by 2020,
according to My Sinchew
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has hardly suffered; it's up 25.2% in the last year. Over the
last month, it's up 6.9%.
Max Chen contributed to this article.