US-China trade tensions: Boom and gloom - Kedah

'Rice bowl' state sees investment surge in high-tech industries

Kedah, led by Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir (second from left), has seen a surge in investments in the state, helped by US-China trade tensions as companies relocated factories to avoid paying tariffs.
Kedah, led by Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir (second from left), has seen a surge in investments in the state, helped by US-China trade tensions as companies relocated factories to avoid paying tariffs.PHOTO: BERNAMA

Kedah state is better known for its scenic rice fields and sleepy towns, but it now looks set to rival Malaysia's other industrial centres Penang and Selangor as a manufacturing hub for foreign investors.

From January to September this year, the bucolic northern state has drawn manufacturing investments worth RM7.8 billion (S$2.5 billion), more than three times the RM2.38 billion it received for the whole of last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2019, with the headline ''Rice bowl' state sees investment surge in high-tech industries'. Print Edition | Subscribe