Industrial Technology Development in Malaysia: Industry and by Greg Felker, K. S. Jomo, Rajah Rasiah

By Greg Felker, K. S. Jomo, Rajah Rasiah

This publication, and its significant other, Technology, Competitiveness and the State, learn and evaluation Malaysian industrialization when it comes to its adventure of and customers for business expertise improvement. the focal point is at the improvement of Malaysia's technological-industrial base from a region and firm-specific standpoint, together with the position of international multinationals during this approach. Industrial expertise improvement in Malaysia, presents a precious research of the technological improvement of a Newly Industrializing nation and displays on even if latest improvement options should be maintained within the wake of the monetary crises sweeping the East Asian economies.

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Their careful comparison of the experiences of two JVs offers useful insights into the actual role of the Malaysian government in terms of encouraging and affecting the emergence and development of such JVs. In one case, the policy environment has led to a JV with nominal ethnic Malay participation, but effective Japanese control, to qualify for vendor status to supply Proton, the national car project. In the other case, the ethnic Chinese Malaysian partner is far more involved in the firm, which has become internationally competitive, but does not qualify on ethnic grounds to supply the Proton.

28 THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY IN MALAYSIA Another indicator of the extent of transfer of skills by TNCs to local employees is the ability of employees to run their own production organization subsequent to leaving the TNCs. There have not been significant cases in Malaysia of employees leaving and setting up firms which produce the same products as their former TNC employers because of the size of capital and access to technology needed for these types of industries. Most migrating employees set up firms in the ancillary and supporting industries to supply material inputs, such as plastic and metal component parts, or to provide other services to the TNCs.

Overseas training stints can last from as little as two weeks to as much as two years. Short training programmes of a few weeks may be repeated a few times annually, with some employees sent abroad several times in a single year. g. design, procurement, marketing) to the Malaysian factory. 1). 25 MOHD NAZARI ISMAIL key local personnel to the TNC’s other branches world-wide or to the headquarters on job assignments. In this way, the TNC maximizes the local manager’s exposure to different tasks in the company’s global operations prior to his assuming a senior management position in the Malaysian factory.

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