Malaysia 2019

For our third annual edition on Malaysia's economy, we conducted interviews with some of the main movers and shakers of the past year, a year that was dominated largely by the historic elections of May 2018. Global headlines were made when the country swore in the world's oldest leader, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

We were eager to find out how the change of government would impact the world of business; as it turns out, our interviewees were just as curious.

Sneak peek at what's inside:

TBY Analytics reviewed all of the interviews conducted for The Business Year: Malaysia 2019 and examines trends and sentiment among the country's business leaders.

We asked interviewees in our finance chapter about their main areas of investment. They replied:

  • 31% Fintech
  • 19% Islamic banking
  • 25% Data
  • 13% Blockchain
  • 6% Coding
  • 6% Al


While the construction sector has traditionally been one of the major contributors to the Malaysian economy, the sector has seen a tough year, partly as a result of the delays and cancellations of some large infrastructure-related projects.

We talked to a wide variety of business leaders on investment, including:

  • Karen Moss, CEO, Borneo Benar
  • Datuk Tee Eng Ho, Eexecutive Chairman, Kerjaya Prospek Group
  • Bill Addington, Director, Tony Gee and Partners
  • Craig Cerff, Managing Director Malaysia, Doka
  • Dr. James Tee, Managing Director & CEO, Medini Iskandar Malaysia (MIM)


"SMEs account for about 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment across the world and are therefore a crucial backbone of any economy."

- Dato' Wan Latiff Wan Musa, CEO, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)