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PUTRAJAYA: The franchise industry has grown well in Malaysia, with 614 local franchisors, 68 master franchisees and 408 foreign franchisors being registered under the Franchise Act 1998, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He said there were 13,018 franchise business premises operating, of which 5,419 were those of franchisors or master franchisees while 7,599 were owned by the franchisees.

“The industry provides stable jobs for more than 80,000 workers with estimated contributions and salaries exceeding RM1.4 billion annually,” Nanta told a virtual media conference after the launch of the Franchise International Malaysia 2021 (FIM2021) exhibition and conference today.

Nanta said the franchise industry’s socioeconomic contribution to the country could be seen via the Franchise Business Annual Report that each franchisor was required to submit annually.

Based on the 2019 reports, he said the franchise companies’ turnover rose 19.1% to RM13.3 billion from the RM11.6 billion recorded in 2018.

On the success of local franchise brands at the international level, Nanta said 65 Malaysian franchise companies including Daily Fresh, Nelson, Rotiboy, Global Art, and Smart Reader, had expanded their business overseas with the opening of more than 3,000 outlets in 66 countries.

According to him, the foreign countries with the most Malaysian franchise outlets are Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the United States, Australia and China.

As part of its continuous support for the franchise industry, the government had allocated RM1.8 million to implement a programme to expand Malaysian franchises to the international level, he said.

FIM, an annual programme co-organised by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and Malaysian Franchise Association, generated potential investments in the franchise industry valued at RM3.75 billion over the 2010-2019 period, or an average of RM375 million a year.

FIM changed to a digital format in 2020 in order to adapt to the new normal following the Covid-19 pandemic, and the 2021 edition continues to be digital.

Running from Oct 9-16, the event sees the participation of 70 local and overseas exhibitors as well agencies related to the franchise ecosystem. Nanta said FIM2021 aims to attract 15,000 digital visitors and potential investments of RM200 million in the franchise business. – Bernama

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