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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS General Certificate of Education Advanced Level

ECONOMICS Paper 4 Data Response and Essays (Supplement) Additional Materials: * 5 7 4 5 9 0 0 9 7 7 *

9708/42
May/June 2012 2 hours 15 minutes Answer Booklet/Paper

READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST If you have been given an Answer Booklet, follow the instructions on the front cover of the Booklet. Write your Centre number, candidate number and name on all the work you hand in. Write in dark blue or black pen. You may use a soft pencil for any diagrams, graphs or rough working. Do not use staples, paper clips, highlighters, glue or correction fluid. Section A Answer Question 1. Section B Answer any two questions. You may answer with reference to your own economy or other economies that you have studied where relevant to the question. At the end of the examination, fasten all your work securely together. The number of marks is given in brackets [ ] at the end of each question or part question.

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2 Section A Answer this question.

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Small and Medium Enterprises in Malaysia Malaysia has a market-orientated economy and the political stability that is crucial for investors. It also has a well-developed infrastructure, a productive workforce and prices are still competitive. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are very important in Malaysia. In the manufacturing sector SMEs are those enterprises which have fewer than 150 full-time employees and in the services sector SMEs are those which have fewer than 50 full-time employees. SMEs provide employment for about 56% of the country’s workforce. They contribute 43.5% of the value of Malaysia’s output and 19% of the value of its exports. Table 1 and Table 2 provide further information about the contribution of SMEs to the Malaysian economy. Table 1: % Distribution of Enterprises in Malaysia by Sector Agriculture % SMEs Large Enterprises Total

Manufacturing % 89.3 10.7
100.0

Services % 96.7 3.3
100.0

99.2 0.8
100.0

Table 2: Value of Output by Sector in US$ Agriculture Value of Total Output US$m Value of SME Output US$m % Value of Total Output from SMEs 6.2 2.6 41.9 Manufacturing 166.6 58.1 34.9 Services 109.7 62.1 56.6 Total 282.5 122.8 43.5

SMEs are recognised as an important source of economic growth and their development has been given priority by the government. 72% of government development programmes, worth US$178 million, were provided for SMEs in 2008. A further US$156 million was provided in 2009. With these funds, the government has introduced several programmes for SMEs including the provision of loans, technical advice and information on prices, production and technology. Government programmes also help producers identify the products markets require and understand changes in consumer tastes. The aim of the programmes is to encourage a better performance from SMEs. Initially, Malaysia protected local enterprises. However, realising the huge potential that foreign investment could bring, government policy has changed and now encourages programmes that welcome more direct foreign investment.

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9708/42/M/J/12

3 (a) The article begins by stating that Malaysia is a market-orientated economy. Identify evidence in the article that (i) (ii) supports this opinion; and contradicts this opinion. [4] [2]

(b) State two indicators which can be used to measure the performance of firms.

(c) The article states that the aim of the government programmes is to encourage a better performance from SMEs. Discuss how two of the government policies mentioned might be used to encourage a better performance from SMEs. [6] (d) The article says that the development of SMEs has been given government priority as they are important to the economy. How far does the information support this statement? [8]

Section B Answer two questions. 2 When buying...
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