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Valuable resources to help you set up and do business in Malaysia

MIDA, as your primary contact, is making it easier for you to start your investment journey here in Malaysia by connecting you with the right people and places, and providing a wealth of resources to help you make informed decisions towards achieving solid and secure returns.

Doing Business in Malaysia

Doing Business in Malaysia



Centre of Excellence (CoE)

Centre of Excellence (CoE)

Science, Technology and R&D

Science Technology and R&D

Investment Reports

Investment Reports



1. Doing Business in Malaysia

Malaysia is a country filled with opportunities and competitive value propositions. It’s easy to do business here. Explore the comprehensive mix of information and services to support your business growth here.

Setting Up

Here are the essential guidelines for you to kick-start your business ventures in Malaysia.

Business Facilitation

MIDA offers a range of facilities to support you in the setting up or expansion of your business in Malaysia.

2. Investment Network

We connect you with the right people and resources that can accelerate your plans to make Malaysia your choice investment destination.

Ministry of Investment, Trade & Industry (MITI)

MITI is the key driver in making Malaysia the preferred destination for quality investments and enhancing the nation’s rising status as a globally competitive trading nation.

Ministry of Finance Malaysia (MOF)

MOF oversees economic policies and financial legislations and regulations towards ensuring development and economic progress in Malaysia. It is also responsible for the allocation of government expenditure and revenue raising.

Immigration Department of Malaysia

The Immigration Department oversees the regulation of immigration policies and services. It is also responsible for the issuance of visas, travel passes and work permits.

Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR)

MOHR is the ministry responsible for skills development, labour, occupational safety and health, trade unions, industrial relations, industrial court, labour market information and analysis, and social security.

Department of Labour

The Department of Labour is a federal department under the purview of MOHR and is responsible for the administration of labour laws in order to maintain industrial harmony.

Department of Occupational Safety and Health

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) under MOHR is responsible for administrating and enforcing legislation related to occupational safety and health.

Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH)

MOH is the lead agency for health and is responsible to provide a more efficient and effective health systems that ensure universal access to quality healthcare.

Department of Environment (DOE)

DOE, a federal department under the Ministry of Environment and Water is responsible for ensuring environmentally sound and sustainable development. Investors are encouraged to consider the environmental factors during the early stages of their project planning.

Royal Malaysian Customs Department

The Customs Department is responsible for administrating the nation’s indirect tax policy, border enforcement and narcotics offences.

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

CIDB is a statutory body under the Ministry of Works and is tasked to promote the construction services sector.

Halal Development Corporation (HDC)

Given Malaysia’s position as a leading Halal hub in the region, HDC serves as the central coordinator to promote and facilitate growth of industry players in the development of Malaysia’s Halal ecosystem.

Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM)

IRBM is one of the main revenue collecting agencies of the Ministry of Finance and is responsible for the overall administration of direct taxes.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

As the lead agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, MDEC promotes and facilitates ICT and digital economic growth in Malaysia.

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)

TNB is the largest electricity utility in Malaysia with a core business of providing electricity to homes, businesses, and industries in Malaysia.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (Telekom)

A Malaysian telecommunications company which offers a comprehensive range of communication services and solutions in broadband, data and fixed-line.

List of Other Telecommunication Service Providers in Malaysia

List of Other Energy Service Providers in Malaysia

3. Centre of Excellence (CoE)

Many companies and institutions are choosing Malaysia as their base to establish their regional operations and Centres of Excellence (CoEs). Their investment ventures are well supported by our strategic location, world-class infrastructure, availability of skilled talent and increasingly robust industrial ecosystem. The time is now to leverage on Malaysia’s advantages as well as CoEs as a strategic tool to stay ahead in the game.

Supply Chain Capabilities (Network, Mobility, Retail Information)

The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI)-Centers of Excellence

Oil & Gas and Marine Industries

Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE) Centre of Excellence

Advanced Electronics

Research Centre for Applied Electromagnetic

Microelectronic and Nanotechnology – Shamsuddin Research Centre (MiNT-SRC)

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

Research Center for Soft Soil (RECESS)

Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Centre (AMMC)

Halal Centre of Excellence

Serunai Commerce

Human Capital Development and Advancement

Industry Centre of Excellence Railway (ICOE REL)

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Banking and Finance

Sasana Kijang

Centres of Excellence in Public Higher Learning Institutions

Most of Malaysia’s established institutions of higher learnings features multi-disciplinary centres of excellence. These serve as a sustainable platform for strategic partnerships between industry players, government stakeholders and the wider academia to achieve mutually beneficial and impactful outcomes for businesses and the society in general.

Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)

UUM has established CoEs in various areas such as the Centre for Testing, Measurement and Appraisal (CeTMA) which aims to advance this area in the fields of business and management.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

UKM’s Medical Centre of Excellence acts as an ecosystem with the most extensive spectrum of specialities and innovative medical equipment.

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)

UniMAP has established a range of CoEs that prioritises quality research that is impactful and beneficial to the industry and the community.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

UPM has established several Research Centre of Excellence such as the Centre of Excellence for Agriculture.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

USM is an acknowledged Regional Centre of Excellence on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University in Nagoya University, Japan and continues to be a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

UTM has one of the most Higher Institution Centres of Excellence in the country, with each championing a niche area, ranging from 5G technology to vibration engineering.

Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)

UTP is proud of its close relationship with the industry partners, and offers an ideal mix of industrial collaborations and its strengths in strategic research.

Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)

Institute of Sustainable Energy is UNITEN’s one-stop centre for research and development in renewable energy.

4. Science, Technology and R&D

Increase your business competitiveness by engaging the expertise of these agencies to enhance your research, development and innovation capabilities.


With over 40 years of technology research and innovation ventures, SIRIM plays an active role in local industry standards development and offers technology and certification training programmes.

Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation

Bioeconomy Corporation an agency under the purview of Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI), provides support, facilitation and advisory services to bio-based companies.

Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC)

MTDC promotes the adoption and commercialisation of technology in Malaysia and offers fund management, incubation and advisory services.

Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)

MIGHT builds strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors. It acts as a think tank for discussing strategies and policies for high-tech industries, relying on market intelligence and foresight studies, and supports technology acquisition and capacity-building initiatives.

Malaysian Science and Technology Information Centre (MASTIC)

Under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, MASTIC is the primary reference centre for information on science, technology and innovation.

CREST (Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology Centre)

CREST is an industry-led collaborative platform for market-driven R&D and talent development in the E&E industry.

5. Investment Reports and Statistics

Build your information data bank with MIDA’s curated selection of investment performance reports, competitiveness reports and key statistics.

Malaysia’s Official Statistics

Find the latest accurate and real-time data on Malaysia’s economic performance and social development.

Investment Statistics

Make informed decisions with MIDA’s annual and quarterly statistics of Malaysia’s investment performance.

Malaysia’s Investments Performance Reports

Keep a pulse on Malaysia’s economy with the annual investment performance reports on the primary, manufacturing and services sectors.

6. Post-Event Materials

MIDA turns events into opportunities to keep industry players and key stakeholders updated on the latest information and facilities available to support their business ventures in Malaysia. You can access all presentation slides and relevant materials from these events here.

Post-Event Materials