Consumerist: Malaysian Industry Approvals – We Are Still Not Listening!

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‘As a result, I am certain foreign industry may soon decide to go where there is ample labor supply, policy alignment with no institutionalized road blocks as in the end, it is not just great infrastructure, public relations and a English speaking populace that are real needs and essentials to consider when one is dealing in the billions?

Time is money and delays costs industry losses – if our civil servants have difficulty understanding this because of the protection and insulation of their jobs – it is time to reeducate ourselves on the expectation of the emerging markets and the new world of industrialization!’ – Datuk Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: Malaysian Industry Approvals – We Are Still Not Listening!

Yes I have heard the many promises and conversations on speedy approvals, fast track, no road blocks when our politicians speak to global industry captains when asking them to come to Malaysia to invest set up industry making Malaysia an industrial happening hub in the region!

But the reality post arrival is one of frustrations with operational needs not been fulfilled and massive road blocks, little Napoleons and others – even pencil pushing front desk operators behaving like they are the masters of a multi-billion ringgit industry planted in Malaysia!

The resulting delays in approvals halts operations which results in political and industry predators moving in to provide a service and at a cost to ease these road block inexplicably created by very powerful and connected players – the untouchables in Malaysia for decades!

We forget that we are attractively located with many strengths – a progressive and very stable government, ability in the English language, first world transportation systems and the only weakness being our local population seem to shy away from jobs instead preferring fast food chains and others.

Even the government’s recent goodie the minimum wage and other benefits introduced seemed to not make a difference sadly!

Resulting in a massive dependence on foreign workers and when that supply needed to operate is riddled with all forms, shapes, and versions of caveats, zigzag policies and other actions that delays progress it means millions are lost in revenue for the industry players!

Those who are on a monthly salary with pensions and benefits of no retrenchment or sacking have difficulty understanding this corporate world truly and any attempt to make them understand will fail too from what I know from my experience.

We have a few good men and women who are an exception but it is not enough.

There is no alignment between authorities with each showing teeth rather than to facilitate progress forward.

As far as investments and industry is concerned I know China is really worried about both Malaysia and Vietnam!

But if we continue on this road of double speak, delays, zigzag and negative engagement – we shoot ourselves in the head!

As a result, I am certain foreign industry may soon decide to go where there is ample labor supply, policy alignment with no institutionalized road blocks as in the end it is not just great infrastructure and a English speaking populace that are real needs and essentials to consider when one is dealing in the billions?

Time is money and delays costs industry losses – if our civil servants have difficulty understanding this because of the protection and insulation of their jobs – it is time to reeducate ourselves on the expectation of the emerging markets and the new world of industrialization!