The American Chamber of Commerce has not observed any impact on investor sentiment among its members, following the three Bersih rallies to date.
In fact, said Wong Siew Hai Amcham, the governor for the Malaysian American Electronics Industry (MEAI), a survey conducted on MEAI members found that investments have grown last year.
"As far as the survey results show, I don't think there is impact. If you look at the data presented, most companies have expanded," he told the media at the Invest Malaysia 2012 conference in Kuala Lumpur.
As far as the most recent rally is concerned, investors are "watching from the sidelines" but are unlikely to scale back investments.
"Some have even set up regional headquarters here," he said.
The MEAI annual survey results for 2011 released today saw a significant 34.1 percent growth in design and development expenditure by the 29 members.
MEAI forecasts a further 3 percent growth this year.
Situation not extreme
Speaking to Malaysiakini on the sidelines, Wong said investors would only likely pull back investments if "the situation leads to airports being shut down, etc" and that Malaysia is far from such a situation.
He, however, noted that this would refer to existing investors and that the situation may not be the same for new investors.
Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin (right) had reportedly said that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall lost out on RM20 millionworth of investments when a South Korean company held off investment following the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28.
International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Muhamad, after a recent post-Bersih 3.0 dialogue with industry players, however said that investment has not let up since the demonstration.
But he cautioned that investors may be consider their positions if the demonstrations persist.
Amcham Singapore chapter representative James Andrade said, meanwhile, that the chamber is encouraged by greater deregulation and focus on human capital in Malaysia.
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