SINGAPORE (Oct 1): From the Eight Samurai of Penang’s electrical and electronics industry to Volvo kick-starting Shah Alam’s automotive industry, the development of Malaysia’s manufacturing sector is inextricably linked with foreign direct investment.

As these foreign companies built their bases in Malaysia, they developed local supply chains to ensure the smoothness of their operations and to maintain costs. Over the years, these suppliers became huge producers in their own right, employing engineers, technicians and other workers in the thousands.

In Johor, one company stands out for developing the state’s high-value manufacturing ecosystem.

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