With the enforcement of Goods and Service Tax along with the new ruling on Withholding Tax; local startups, SMEs and MNCs are challenged in the acquisition of foreign services which may affect Malaysia’s attractiveness to overseas investors. How can Malaysia business owners renegotiate their interest to lure foreign investors?

Join In Conversation with Secretary General of Ministry of Finance, Malaysia; Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar as he walks us into the country’s current economic situation with the new policies in line that may help influnce your next business decision in making Malaysia attractive for FDIs.

Tan Sri Dr. Irwan began his career in the public sector at the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department in 1984. During his tenure at EPU he served in various capacities in the areas of urban development, energy and privatisation.

He joined the MOF in October 2003 where he held various positions including in the Economic Division, and later as Section Head, Deputy Secretary and Secretary of the Economic Analysis and International Division (Macro Economy). He then served at the MOF as Deputy Secretary General (Policy) from December 2010 to August 2012, before his appointment as the Secretary General of Treasury.

Tan Sri Dr. Irwan also serves as a Board Member of notable organisations including the Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS), Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA), MASS Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (MRT Corp), Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA), Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Razak School of Government (RSOG), Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) and the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He is also the Chairman of Retirement Fund Incorporated, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, Prokhas Sdn. Bhd. and Cyberview Sdn. Bhd.
He holds a PhD in Economics from IIUM and a Masters of Science in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He also received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Demography from the University of Malaya.

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