Case | HBS Case Collection | November 2006 (Revised August 2009)

Malaysia: Halfway to 2020

by Richard H.K. Vietor


This country case on Malaysia extends forward by seven years the case “Malaysia: Capital and Control” (702-040). It is based on Malaysia's ninth plan, which took effect in 2006. The ninth plan proposed five thrusts—moving the economy to higher value-added goods and services, raising the capacity for knowledge, addressing socioeconomic inequalities, improving the quality of life, and strengthening institutions and the civil service—to achieve 6% growth annually. All of this is to achieve "Vision 2020," a long-range plan for becoming developed. Considers the difficulties Malaysia faces, stuck between China and India on the low (value-added) side, and Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore on the high (value-added) end.

Keywords: Developing Countries and Economies; Growth and Development Strategy; Strategic Planning; Welfare or Wellbeing; Equality and Inequality; Malaysia;


Vietor, Richard H.K. "Malaysia: Halfway to 2020." Harvard Business School Case 707-002, November 2006. (Revised August 2009.)