Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional has defended its determination to not make an early funding in Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing and meals supply superapp Seize.Chief Funding Officer Azmil Zahruddin informed CNBC the fund’s funding technique was to give attention to massive investments — not direct startup offers. Khazanah couldn’t shut an early deal to fund the Malaysian-founded Seize.Different buyers together with Singapore’s state-owned investor Temasek finally took a stake in Seize and the ride-hailing big moved its headquarters to Singapore. The corporate went on to boost $4.5 billion and listed on Nasdaq in late 2021 by means of a SPAC merger with Altimeter Progress Corp, making Seize the most important itemizing within the U.S. by a Southeast Asian firm.Khazanah got here below criticism for what some have mentioned was a “missed alternative” for Malaysia.Anthony Tan, chief govt officer of Seize Holdings Inc., middle proper, and Tan Hooi Ling, co-founder of Seize Holdings Inc., have a good time on stage throughout a bell-ringing ceremony as Seize begins buying and selling on the Nasdaq, in Singapore, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.Ore Huiying | Bloomberg | Getty Photos”You must have a look at what Khazanah is and what its DNA is,” Zahruddin mentioned in an unique interview with “CNBC Squawk Field Asia” on Thursday. “Our DNA is that we handle massive investments. [Venture capital] investing just isn’t actually what we do, and it is probably not our experience and talent set.””So what we attempt to do is, as an alternative of making an attempt to do these investments immediately, we really seed investments into VC funds who then make investments into firms across the area.”Zahruddin agreed, nevertheless, that it was essential for Malaysia to help its entrepreneurs and retain its expertise. He mentioned Khazanah would proceed to assist Malaysian startups by means of an oblique method of investing into funders that take a stake in these new firms and doubtlessly investing in them immediately after they’ve matured to a measurement that meets the fund’s funding standards. To that finish, Zahruddin mentioned Khazanah invested in Seize’s competitor Uber by means of an middleman funder which was keen to spend money on Uber at an early stage. Khazanah’s funding within the foreign-owned Uber as an alternative of Seize, which was began by two Malaysians, raised eyebrows within the Malaysian funding group. Inventory picks and investing developments from CNBC Professional:Outlook for enterprise capital marketsZahruddin mentioned the enterprise capital markets have been fairly difficult and plenty of endowment funds which have been lively in enterprise capital have seen their investments fall by as much as 40% up to now 12 months. However Khazanah would proceed to deploy funds into the know-how sector and has been doing so up to now 10 years. “In hindsight, it’s a good factor that we’re probably not in a position to do direct investments anyway, as a result of that’s one thing that’s fairly difficult for anybody who’s been in VC,” Zahruddin mentioned.In hindsight, it’s a good factor that we’re probably not in a position to do direct investments anyway, as a result of that’s one thing that’s fairly difficult for anybody who’s been in VC.Azmil ZahruddinKhazanah NasionalKhazanah posted an almost 80% drop in annual earnings in 2021 to 670 million Malaysian ringgit, or $150.36 million. The 12 months earlier than earnings additionally fell about 60% to RM $2.9 billion. The sovereign wealth fund mentioned the autumn in earnings had been attributable to its continued extension of monetary help to its airways and tourism investments affected by Covid-19 disruptions. Final month, Khazanah introduced it could discover new funding alternatives in Turkey following a gathering between representatives from the fund and the Turkey Wealth Fund in Istanbul.