In addition to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yakob’s visit to the United States, he also invited premium electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla to invest and manufacture EVs in Malaysia.
“I would advise Tesla to invest in making electric cars in Malaysia,” he said, according to a report by Bernama.
In the framework of a four-day executive visit to the United States, which included meetings with President Joe Biden and ASEAN leaders in addition to Tesla, he invited investors and businessmen from the countries to choose Malaysia as their preferred investment destination.
He welcomed them, especially to Fortune 500 companies for their investment or expansion, such as in the digital sector of the economy, green technology and EVs. At the same time, he called on the United States-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) to attract investment in ASEAN, especially in Malaysia.
Founded in 1984, US-ABC represents 170 major American businesses in Southeast Asia.
Last March, international media announced plans to build a plant developing Tesla battery technology. Lithium-ion A neighboring country, Indonesia, faces failure. Among the reasons involved is that Tesla and the Indonesian government do not agree on the supply of raw materials. But a month later, representatives of the Indonesian government again convened a meeting with Tesla’s Big Boss, Elon Musk, to re-discuss plans there, including the production of EVs.
But if the re-involved plan does not find an agreement, does that mean Malaysia hopes to draw Tesla’s attention to the plan’s implementation?