Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah
Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah

Rapid growth since independence has enabled Malaysia to become an upper middle-income country. It boasts a gross national income per capita of close to $11,000, with the share of households living below the national poverty line at less than 1%.

From an economy dominated by the international trade of raw natural resources, Malaysia has diversified its exports to include electrical appliances, electronic parts and components, palm oil, and natural gas. More recent efforts have focused on improving competitiveness. The country ranked 27th in the Global Competitiveness Index for 2019. In the same report for 2020, Malaysia was among the top 10 advanced countries on digital transformation.

However, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic worsened in 2020, measures taken to protect public health have induced sharp declines in Malaysia’s economic activity, threatening to stall the country’s development progress.

In Malaysia, BIMP-EAGA covers the states of Sabah and Sarawak and the federal territory of Labuan.

Sarawak and Sabah are part of the West Borneo Economic Corridor (WBEC), which also includes Brunei Darussalam and West Kalimantan in Indonesia.

Sabah is part of the Greater Sulu–Sulawesi Corridor (GSSC), which also includes North Sulawesi in Indonesia, and Mindanao and Palawan in the Philippines.

BIMP-EAGA Officials and Contacts in Malaysia

BIMP-EAGA Signing Minister
H.E. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed
Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Economy)

Senior Official
Dato’ Saiful Anuar Bin Lebai Hussen
Director General
Economic Planning Unit
Prime Minister's Department

National Secretariat
Dato’ Ahmad Zamri Bin Khairuddin
Director, Regional Development Division
Economic Planning Unit
Prime Minister's Department

Mr. Paarteeben A/L Subramaniam
Deputy Director, Regional Development Division
Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department 

Ms. Nurul Ezzah Binti Md. Zin
Assistant Director
Regional Development Division
Economic Planning Unit 
Prime Minister's Department

Ms. Nur Diana Fitrah Binti Rahmat
Administrative Officer, Regional Development Division
Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department