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Malaysia’s current account hit a record of RM62.1 billion in 2020
DIA registered a net outflow of RM5.4 billion in Q4 2020.
FDI recorded an inflow of RM6.1 billion in Q4 2020.
Exports 2020: Palm oil and PO-based Products, RM73.3 bilion
Electrical and electronic (E&E) products was 39.4% of 2020 Exports

Statistics on Malaysia's Direct Investment Abroad, 2021

Release Date : Friday 17, June 2022 1200

Malaysia’s DIA posted RM19.7 billion in 2021, signalling the robust recovery ahead

Malaysia’s DIA recorded an outflow of RM19.7 billion owing to higher investment precisely in Manufacturing and Services sectors. The Netherlands became the top DIA country in 2021 particularly in investment related to oil and gas industry. As at the end 2021, DIA position increased to RM547.0 billion while income registered a value of RM59.3 billion.

Manufacturing overtook Services as a vital sector to DIA, contributing 40.5 per cent of the total investment, primarily in Electrical, transport equipment and other manufacturing subsector. The Netherlands, Canada and Indonesia were the main destinations of DIA flows in 2021.

Overall, the accumulates investment abroad surged to RM547.0 billion mostly in Services sector, followed by Mining & quarrying and Manufacturing sectors. Singapore, Indonesia and United Kingdom remained as the top destinations of DIA flows in 2021.

In terms of income, DIA registered a value of RM59.3 billion and mainly driven by Manufacturing and Services sectors with a combine share 76.9 per cent of total income.

The full publication of the Statistics on Malaysia's Direct Investment Abroad (DIA) 2021 can be downloaded through eStatistik Portal.


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17 June 2022

Contact person:

Mohd Yusrizal Ab Razak
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
E-mail : yusrizal.razak[at]dosm.gov.my

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