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Malaysia in the mid-income trap due to low quality worker and poor R&D commercialization

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China CCTV channel 7 aired many agri and industrial related technical programs with the aim of disseminating practical knowledge to farmers, fishermen, agro-based manufacturer, etc.

Malaysian farmers like my late father have to learn from trials and errors, a very expensive game. Quite often the techniques and methods they learn are kampung-style from other farmers. The end result is the crop yield and quality is low and uncompetitive.

Besides, Mardi technical assistance is also racial-based, basically Chinese farmers are neglected even they approach Mardi for help.

Malaysia falls in global competitiveness

By Lee Wei Lian

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — Malaysia’s competitiveness ranking fell four spots to 25 this year from 21 last year in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index despite the Economic Transformation Programme entering its third year this September.

Switzerland was ranked the world’s most competitive country, followed by Singapore, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands, Germany, US, UK, Hong Kong and Japan, said the World Economic Forum (WEF) in a report released today.

The WEF said that following improvements in last year’s report, Malaysia maintains its score but drops four places as other economies have moved ahead.

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