For the data that just released by Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, the net inflow of foreign direct investment or FDI to Malaysia in 2011 was recorded with total of RM32.9 billion, which is surpassing RM29.1 in 2007 before the region economy took a dip because of worldwide financial crisis.
Among the states, Sarawak drew in the highest amount of foreign investments which is having a total of RM14.35 billion, the second highest was Penang (14.04 billion), followed by Sabah (RM13.68 billion) and Selangor is sitting at the 4th place with the total approved investments of RM13.47 billion.
Meanwhile, Penang lured in the highest approved manufacturing investment (RM9.1 billion), and Selangor is at the second place (RM8.74 billion), followed by Sarawak (RM8.45 billion) and Kedah (RM6.13 billion) at the fourth.
For the Pakatan Rakyat recently won the 2011 manufacturing investment championship in Penang and Selangor, the Chief Minister of Penang and the Democratic Action Party General Secretary Lim Guan Eng said, this prove a good governance system that implemented by Pakatan Rakyat to strengthen investor confidence.
Lim Guan Eng claimed that in 2011, the states of Penang and Selangor become the first choice of the domestic investors in manufacturing. Penang was given the amount of investment of RM9.1 billion and Selangor with RM8.7 billion.
This is the second time for Penang to top on the list for attracting foreign direct investment among other states in Malaysia. In 2010, Penang was broke the record by attracted a total of RM12.2 billion of investment projects.
From the above information, what does it tells? We can see that those states that sitting at the top for attracting the most FDI are mostly from the states that ruling by Pakatan Rakyat. Thus, what’s wrong with the states that ruling by Barisan National? Are they incapable in managing the states?
The other funny things that we can see from the chart is that, Even Sabah and Sarawak also showing great result in attracting foreign direct investments but sad to said that these two states are continue to be the poorest states in Malaysia. Anything wrong with the system or the governance by the government?
From all the main stream printed media that I screened through today, I found most of the medias only reported about the overall foreign direct investment that attracting by Malaysia, but very few of these medias mentioned about the amount of investments these states attracting. What is this telling us? Are the mainstream printed media trying to cover the incapable government of Malaysia or what?
Besides, we can see that Sabah and Sarawak been remain their poverty status for many years, but suddenly these two states are receiving a lot of FDI and are in the Top 3 ranking of FDI. Do you think the data is legitimate and suddenly the country is recovers from pre-crisis level and EPF was declared the highest dividend for past decade. Do you smell something?
Also, we citizen should take a giant wonder on what will Malaysia turn out to be if we remove Selangor, Penang, and Kedah from the list?
Most of us will want to know whether with the great improvement of FDI for Sabah and Sarawak, do the people there living a better life? Do their monthly disposable income increase? We would leave this question to the wise citizen to contemplate.