Malaysia confident of attracting more foreign investment this year

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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is confident of attracting more foreign investment this year after a big decline in 2020, and is looking at incentives to help support that goal, its finance minister said on Monday.Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said in an interview that incentives had traditionally been linked to the size of investments, but that they could also focus on "soft skills.""If the investor is bringing R&D, these are not really tangible, but perhaps we should give the incentive to that as well," he said, adding the drop in foreign direct investment (FDI) last year was largely due to the one-off impact of the coronavirus pandemic and political uncertainties.In a January report, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said FDI into Malaysia plunged 68% last year, the biggest decline in south east Asia."I think they've (foreign investors) seen that most of the policies are intact, we have not changed any tax policies, initiatives and incentives are not more...