Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Its modern skyline is dominated by the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
The words Kuala Lumpur literally mean ‘Muddy Confluence’. The metropolis got this nickname because it was founded near the place where the rivers Klang and Gombak intersect (which you can still see just behind Merdeka Square).
Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures, languages and backgrounds. This diversity has provided Greater Kuala Lumpur with a competitive advantage to nurture, attract and retain world-class talent. As a result, investors have access to a highly educated and multi-lingual talent pool.
To build and maintain a sustainable workforce, Greater Kuala Lumpur has various initiatives in place including issuing incentives to Malaysians working abroad to return home, offering buy out packages for top talent and setting up institutions of higher learning to nurture a new generation of talent.
Mandated by the Malaysian government to attract multinationals to invest in Greater Kuala Lumpur (GKL), InvestKL Corporation (InvestKL) was established in 2011 under the purview of the Ministry of International Trade and industry.
InvestKL targets Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 companies to establish their regional hubs in GKL. In GKL, MNCs have the opportunity to tap the local pipeline of skilled talent and supply chains while leveraging Malaysia’s logistical and industrial backbone as an Asian growth hub.
This is aided by GKL’s infrastructure, which includes mass rail transit, airports, ports and highways as well as connectivity to other major ASEAN cities.