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Pemudah Helps Lift Malaysia's International Rankings - Ali Hamsa

Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

PUTRAJAYA -- The Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) will continue to help lift Malaysia's international rankings in terms of achievements, competitiveness and doing business by simplifying processes and reducing costs, said Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

Ali, who is also Pemudah Chairman,  said the task force embraced its tenth year milestone in 2017 with stronger determination, renewed commitment and greater vigour to address and resolve issues that impacted time and costs of doing business and promote good regulatory practices for businesses.

"Pemudah continued to track various initiatives to improve doing business climate with ministries, agencies and stakeholders. The coming into effect of the new Companies Act 2016 on Jan 31 this year is an example of the reforms undertaken for incorporation, with the aim of simplifying processes, reducing cost and waiting time including contract permits.

"Another initiative includes implementation of five modules in the e-Tanah system on June 19 this year for Kuala Lumpur which has improved time taken in land title search, company search and winding-up search through a single point. The system is expected to roll out to other states in Peninsular Malaysia in the next few years," he told reporters after launching the Pemudah Annual Report 2016 here today.

Pemudah, which has highly qualified and capable individuals from both the public and private sectors, was established on Feb 7, 2007. Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers President, Tan Sri Saw Choo Boon, is the Co-Chair of the task force.

He said Malaysia remained the most competitive economy among developing countries in Asia and had been ranked commendably in the 2016-2017 editions of the Global Competitive Report, World Competitiveness Yearbook and Doing Business Report.

"However, in this increasingly competitive world, we must not rest on our laurels. We will continue to dissect the causes of the slips in ranking indicators, and make immediate improvements though the drop in overall rankings was also due to factors beyond the government's ambit," he said.

The World Bank Doing Business Report 2017 ranks Malaysia at 23rd position ahead of economies such as Thailand (46th), Indonesia (91st), Japan (34th), China (78th), France (29th), Switzerland  (31st) and India (130th). Among ASEAN countries, Malaysia ranked second after Singapore.

"Although Malaysia is placed 23rd out of 190 economies with a Distance-to-Frontier in the World Bank Doing Business Report 2017, compared to 22nd out of 189 economies in 2016, we have suggested more engagements on improving the indicator of doing business with ease. 

"We hope to increase our position in 2018 although there is a new economy of United Arab Emirates in the list. Insya Allah (God Willing), Malaysia will be among the highly competitive nation on ease of doing business," he said.

On the Pemudah Challenge 2016 and Pemudah Journalism Competition, he said, they had attracted a total of 80 submissions from the public universities in Peninsular Malaysia and ten winning entries had been selected.

The winners would  receive RM1,000 each and RM500 each for five consolation prize winners.

He said next year, the Pemudah Challenge 2017 would be opened for the private universities in the country so as to enhance public perception and awareness to uncover opportunities for reforms and provide us feedback on the reality on the ground.

In the Pemudah Journalish Competition, Lim Wing Hooi (The Star) won the first prize under English Printed/Online English Category for his article entitled 'SMEs need good rules to stay ahead and for the Malay language category, Azman Anuar (Utusan Malaysia) won first placing for his article 'Senyap saja isu penambahbaikan pengurusan pekerja asing.

For the Mandarin Category, it was won by Wu Suet Wah (Busy Weekly) won the prize with her article entitled 'Government and corporate should be responsible to attract and retain talent and for the TV Broadcast Category, Norshafawati Wahid (TV3) bagged the consolation prize on her on-air piece titled ‘Laporan Menjalankan Perniagaan: Malaysia Berada Pada Kedudukan 23 daripada 190 Negara’.

News Straits Times Press (M) Bhd bagged three awards.

Its Chief Executive Officer,  Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Hamid, won second placing under the English media category for his article entitled ' Beefing Up Malaysia's Logistics Sector'.

The winners took home RM10,000 (first prize);  RM5,000 (second prize); and, RM3,000  (third prize).