According to the International Business Confidence Survey, Malaysia is seen as one of the top ten countries regarded as best able to deal with the global economic crisis. Surveying 7500 businessmen in 24 countries, this survey conducted by Servcorp intended to gauge international business moral. Certainly, Malaysian businessmen such as Taek Jho Low, Regional Development Authority (Irda) chief executive officer Harun Johar, MIDA chairman Dr Sulaiman Mahbob and others should take heart.
Australia received the #1 spot with the highest vote of confidence for their ability to weather the recent global economic crisis, while China and India earned the second and third spots respectively.
The Malaysian economy did register a 6.2 percent negative growth during the first quarter of 2009; however, they have a positive growth forecast in the fourth quarter of 2009 and for the coming year in 2010.
The results of another survey, carried out by accountancy body, CPA Australia, indicate that business leaders in Southeast Asia are optimistic about the end of the global economic downturn. Of the 300 business leaders in the region, including a number in Malaysia, who were questioned, most said that they expect the global economic issues to be over by the end of 2010.
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