The main thrust of this research project is to review and evaluate the Malaysian Government's policies and strategies towards the development of manufacturing industries in Malaysia.
It begins with the introduction on Malaysia: its location, climate, population, economy and the New Economic Policy. Chapter 2 traces the development of manufacturing industries in Malaysia from the time of independence in 1957 till today.
Chapter 3 provides a review of the policies and strategies. This includes outward-looking strategy, investment incentives, foreign investment policy, heavy industry policy, "Look East" policy, Malaysia Inc. and privatization policy. In the fourth Chapter, an evaluation of these policies and strategies is undertaken.
Chapter 5 concerns with Malaysia's future. Technology is considered important for Malaysia's future as it is a major determinant of international competitiveness.
And finally, the main conclusion stresses the fact that Malaysia needs to review its manufacturing policies and strategies to adapt with time and to include technology as an integral part of the Malaysian manufacturing policies and strategies.