Proactivity refers to taking actions in advance of anticipated challenges. It contrasts with reactivity whereby actors respond only when action is required. A proactive government is one that takes the initiative to understand what problems might arise, understands how to prevent such problems from occurring, knows how to stop them from getting worse and, above all, knows how to prepare solutions to create and ensure a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive environment. In relation to economic governance, a proactive government would try to understand the dynamics of the economy, learn the challenges facing businesses, and prepare solutions to tackle them. Furthermore, it would anticipate the future needs of business growth and implement a course of action that would assist the economy to succeed and prosper in the face of global competition.

The Pro-active Government Sub-index aims to measure the effectiveness of federal, state, and local government programmes and of businesses’ awareness of major pro-economic development programs initiated by the federal government.

The higher overall index score along with the individual scores for sub-indices always refer to a better performance within the context of the BEI.

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The Malaysia Business Environment Index (2012) is the result of the collaborative efforts of many individuals. The authors of the report were Dr. Jane Terpstra Tong (Monash University Sunway Campus), Nina Merchant-Vega (The Asia Foundation) and Dr. Robert Terpstra (Monash University Sunway Campus). Expert technical advice was provided by Dr. Edmund Malesky (University of California, San Diego). Valuable comments and support were provided by Anthea Mulakala, Reid Hamel, Herizal Hazri, Dr. Yeah Kim Leng, Kristina Fong, Jason Fong, and Munsifah Abdul Latiff. Research assistance was provided by Koh Jen Li, Peg-Gy, and Collin Gerst.

The survey data visualization project "Business Environment Index: Malaysia" was led by John Karr, Director for Digital Media at The Asia Foundation. Steve Ubiera, Production and Systems Administrator for The Asia Foundation served as the project manager and data visualization designer. Site development was conducted by William Wang and Johan Baversjo.