DURING Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s visit to China on Monday, Malaysia and China signed a historic RM143.6 billion worth of business deals. But what’s in it for the rakyat? How will the people benefit?
Here is a breakdown of some of the contracts and how it will benefit the rakyat.
East Coast Rail Link
During Najib’s visit, Malaysia sealed the biggest train deal, which is to build the East Coast Rail Link with China Communication Construction Company linking Tumpat in Kelantan with Kuala Lumpur.
How will this impact the rakyat?
History has shown that whenever there is a railway, the economic activities along the route will increase. There will be more businesses at train stations such as footstalls, shops, hotels and many others. This will help the rakyat to earn a better income.
With the railway line, transport cost will also be cheaper and this will raise the income of businesses and industries, as they are able to save a lot on expensive transport cost such as lorries, lorry drivers, fuel and toll.
Once companies are able to save, they can hopefully pay higher wages to its workers who can have a better life.
Properties Along Railway Lines Will Also Increase
There will also be more properties such as houses and shop lots located along railway lines. This is because the value of properties along rail lines will usually increase because trains will make it easier for the rakyat to travel.
So the rakyat should take advantage of the railway line by investing in property. Five years later, they can sell off the property and this will allow them to earn higher income.
However, property prices can be very expensive. Thus Government owned investment firms such as Permodalan Nasional Berhad, Employees Provident Fund and Kumpulan Amanah Wang Pencen could help by investing in property.
Once they get back the return on investment, Permodalan Nasional Berhad can help share the dividends with the rakyat through unit trust schemes such as Amanah Saham Bumiputera or Amanah Saham Nasional.
Some 50,000 Smallholders To Benefit If China Purchases More Palm Oil
China is already one of Malaysia’s top palm oil buyers. China could buy more palm oil if talks between Datuk Seri Najib and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang is successful and China will buy more palm oil from Malaysia.
New Straits Times reported on November 2, this will benefit 500,000 smallholders in Malaysia because they have been suffering for such a long time as palm oil prices has been weak for more than 2 years.
If China purchases more palm oil, palm oil prices will go up and this will benefit smallholders who have been suffering from low palm oil prices for so long.
Malaysia Can Have More Flights To China
If all goes well, AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines could have more flights and better time slots to China. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told Bernama on October 1, AirAsia had applied for three additional destinations – Nanning and Wuxi from Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing from Bangkok.
Malaysia Airlines, meanwhile, has requested 5th freedom rights for its cargo operations, which would enable flights to Zhengzhou to continue on to New Delhi. With more flights, this will definitely boost tourism activities between the two countries.
When tourism activities increase, there will be more income for the rakyat as tourists come here to spend money on shopping, hotels, souvenirs, food, transport and others.
This will be good for the people as they can earn higher income.
Jack Ma appointed as Malaysia’s adviser on digital economy
Alibaba executive chairman and Internet entrepreneur Jack Ma is now adviser to the Malaysian government on digital economy, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib announced on Thursday. Alibaba is the world’s largest e-commerce firm just like Lazada and Zalora.
This is good news as Jack Ma will be able to advise the government on how to help Malaysia improve their economy through digital economy. What this means is that Jack Ma will help government to help the rakyat on doing business on the Internet or e-commerce.
He will be able to advise how the average auntie in Kota Baru can sell her kerepek or kain batik on the Internet.
This will help Malaysians a lot as they will be able to do business on the Internet and this will improve their economy and standard of living.
Nik Haikal Nik Ibrahim is an independent analyst and Malaysian Access reader. Article written is strictly his personal view. Malaysian Access does not necessarily endorse the opinions given by any third party content provider.