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Malaysia is eyeing investment from the Gulf in a bid to create millions of jobs and double national income by 2020.

The UAE is currently the South East Asian country’s largest trading partner in the Middle East with trade between the two countries reaching $4.7bn in 2009. But Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, thinks this figure could rise significantly in the coming years.

ABTV talks to Prime Minister Razak to find out what to find out what his country is doing to boost investment from GGC economies.

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Ravi to riches
Dr Ravi Pillai launched his first business at the age of 14, trading in coconuts so he could afford school books. Three decades later, his RP Group brings in revenue of $4bn and employs 80,000 staff, helping make him one of the world’s richest Indians. But in his first personal interview to date, he explains why a happy workforce and a good reputation are far more important than money. He also talks of the launch of his latest venture — RP Global — a real estate company that will build luxury projects in Dubai this year.

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