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Malaysian PM Mahathir visiting Japan to woo investors

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By Praveen Menon and Anshuman Daga

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Malaysia is no investment mecca. Far too many restrictions.

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92 years old and a PM, again. I presume his brain still functions to a high enough degree? If so, his DNA needs to be tapped for study.

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If what this article states is true it could be super positive for Malaysian/Japan relations

Malaysia is no investment mecca. Far too many restrictions.

Perhaps. Its still a positive development from Japans point of view (and Australia's imo) Japan's trains a better quality, without a doubt, so if its trains they are after, they have come to the right place.

Chinese state-linked firms of inflating deal costs, engaging in corrupt practices, and even conspiring in the cover up of the 1MDB scandal

Would not surprise at all.

"Malaysia is a market the Japanese find easier to invest in. The way Malaysian firms operate their business, the legal set-up all this is something the Japanese are comfortable with," 

In part because Malaysia is part of the Commonwealth, inherited U.K law and practices and still maintains a governmental system that is fairly close to the parliamentary democracies you find elsewhere in the Commonwealth.

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Moody's thought that Malaysia being a part of the CPTPP was a major win, so being a bigger player in this new trade block while de-listing from China bodes well for those relationships

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92 years old and a PM, again.

Something for Japan to emulate! They're getting there!

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I noticed the two token non-Bumipeteras in the background.

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Bark up a new corruption tree!

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In part because Malaysia is part of the Commonwealth, inherited U.K law and practices and still maintains a governmental system that is fairly close to the parliamentary democracies you find elsewhere in the Commonwealth.

Ah yes, the way of the West!

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We Malaysians regardless whether you are Malay, Indians, Chinese as well as fellow Sabahan and Sarawakian fought hard in the elections to at least get rid of Barisan Nasional who have been in power since independence and with Najib and his wife Rosmah which faces corruption (murders included) it's easy for those outside of Malaysia to be downright negative about it.

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It's always good to reevaluate investment deals made by a previous government on engagement of corrupt practices etc. or taking a closer look at some projects in terms of quality. In Vietnam they have some interesting experiences on quality:

http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/business/article/2104149/vietnams-tale-two-metros-one-built-japanese-and-other-chinese

Mr. Mathathir Mohammad, a remarkable politician, is known for his radical views on Judaism and Israel in the past and accused the currency trader George Soros in 1997 of causing the Asian financial crisis of that year.

https://www.nytimes.com/1997/09/22/world/premier-of-malaysia-spars-with-currency-dealer.html

Bringing up third party 'corruption practices' by politicians who've been named with corruption is always amusing:

http://www.malaysia-today.net/2017/06/19/george-soros-called-mahathir-a-corrupt-moron/

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