A stronger government is vital in leading the country towards attaining high-income nation status by 2020, says the Malaysian Technology Development Corp (MTDC). CEO Datuk Norhalim Yunus said elections come and go, but the most important factor for the business community is a stable government. Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat, paving the way for the 13th General Election which will see 222 Federal and 505 state seats being contested for. Speaking during a business trip to Egypt, Norhalim said, “Ultimately, business is about opportunities. As long as we remain stable, we should be a prime destination for doing business.” Norhalim also added that the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat did not come as a surprise as the business community had expected it. Sharpers Malaysia Sdn Bhd hopes the government, under the administration of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will be re-elected so as to resume focus on the Halal market. “It is our hope that the administration will continue looking into the Halal area and emphasise more on trading,” says CEO Mohd Shukri Abdullah during the World Halal Week Kuala Lumpur 2013. Shukri points out that under the current administration, Malaysia has risen to be the world’s biggest multi-Halal products exporter. Halal Industry Development Corporation CEO and Managing Director Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin echoed Shukri’s sentiments, hoping the government will focus on the acceleration of the Halal industry after the elections. Adabi Consumer Industries Sdn Bhd President Abdul Hady Zabil opines that there will be no shift in the government, saying that it would instead gain strength after the elections.