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Malaysia: I Thought I Had Money Problems

Malaysia is certainly a star in Asia. The World Bank ranks the country second in Southeast Asia and eighteenth in the world for "Ease of doing business". Malaysia's strengths include the ability to get credit, protection of investors, and cross-border trade. Its strength in investor protection include "extent of disclosure", "director liability", and "shareholder suits". In another survey by Foreign Policy Magazine, Malaysia is rated the sixth most attractive country for foreign investors.

Malaysia's infrastructure is one of the most developed in Asia. The country has seven international ports. Its telecommunications network is second in Southeast Asia. Fresh water is available to over 95% of the population. There are more than 200 industrial parks, including specialized parks such as Technology Park Malaysia and Kulim Hi-Tech Park.

The country has a diversified economy and has become a leading exporter of electronic parts and components, electrical appliances, palm oil, and natural gas. Malaysia's largest trading partners in order are China, Singapore, and Japan. The United States is also an important trading partner.

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by Steve Auger