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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Foreign investors may wait and see

PETALING JAYA: Foreign investors may take a wait and see approach following the dismal performance of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional in the 12th general election, until the state and federal governments are well established, said local property consultants. In the polls, Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Perak fell to the opposition.

However, they said investments in the property sector and in other sectors would improve in the long run if there are signs of better corporate governance and transparency in doing business here.

Zerin Properties CEO Previndran Singhe expects an overall positive impact as real estate is a long-term investment.

"The outcome of the elections proved that the country is democratic and its citizens, politically matured. I do not foresee any negative affect on foreign investments, as investors will notice that
Malaysia is democratic and practises good corporate governance," he said.

“The public should be made to understand that with a simple majority, the federal government can continue to implement its policies and amend legislations, except the constitution.” However, Previndran added that certain projects could be affected in terms of timing, as they may require state approvals.

City Valuers & Consultants Sdn Bhd general manager CY Lim also expects the election results to have a general positive impact on the property sector. He said foreign investments would continue to remain positive, as investors would expect a more transparent administration.

“We also hope that the new state governments will clean up red tape and delays at the land office in Selangor,” said Lim.

Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Rehda) president Ng Seing Liong said the dip in the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) on Monday was inevitable as people were shocked at the unexpected outcome of the election. The KLCI took a dive to close 9.55% or 123.11 points lower, to 1,173.22 on Monday.

“We do not expect much changes in policies as the federal government is intact but we foresee that whatever changes there may be, would be for the better,” said Ng.

He hopes that Selangor, now under a coalition led by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), will be more proactive in creating a conducive business environment including implementing development-friendly policies.

"There will be heightened expectations on both incumbents and newcomers to improve the nation's competitiveness by enhancing the delivery system and efficiency, and the efforts will benefit the economy and image of Malaysia as an investment destination for foreign investors," said Ng.

He added that the local governments should not forget their social responsibility and that building affordable houses for the hardcore poor irrespective of race is essential.

Commenting on whether the economic development corridors such as the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) would be affected, Ng said that while the development corridors may be temporarily affected, he foresees medium and long-term positive effect.

By theSun (by Rosalynn Poh)

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