PETALING JAYA: Elon Musk’s Tesla will be setting up its Malaysian headquarters in Selangor this year, says Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.
In a statement, Anwar said he held a virtual meeting with the Tesla CEO this morning, joined by SpaceX senior director Lauren Dreyer, investment, trade and industry minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz, and communications and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil.
The meeting lasted about 25 minutes, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Anwar said he welcomed Tesla’s interest and decision to invest in Malaysia, adding that Musk stated his readiness to visit Malaysia soon.
“I also congratulated him and stated the government’s support over the establishment of Tesla’s (Malaysian) headquarters as well as service and experience centres in Selangor this year,” he said.
Anwar, who is also the finance minister, said he also praised SpaceX’s decision to operate as an internet service provider using low-orbit satellites, adding that it would lead to faster and wider internet connectivity, especially in rural areas.
He said this initiative could boost the welfare of people worldwide and only required minimal land space to improve global internet connectivity.
Anwar reiterated that Putrajaya was committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions from 2050 at the earliest.
“Malaysia has a comprehensive plan and ecosystem, as well as competitive resources, to support the clean energy industry, including electric mobility,” he said.
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