A voice from the factories


Penang has been one of Malaysia's major industrial centres since the 1970s. It is not strange therefore that so many Penangites, male and female, on both the island and mainland, are or have been factory workers. This is the story of  one of them.

THANKS TO THE Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone (FTZ), Penang has been the major industrial zone in Malaysia for over three decades. Leading high-technology brands like Intel, Agilent, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Robert Bosch, Osram and Motorola have been operating there all these years.

In these challenging times, the relocation of manufacturing facilities is just a matter of corporate decision-making based primarily on cost, logistics infrastructure and the human expertise available. The fact that Penang has been able to hold its own in such a competitive and hostile environment is ample proof that it still offers what leading manufacturers consider critical advantages that make them decide to stay. It is no small thing warding off the stiff and growing competition from China, Vietnam and other emerging economies.

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