Business Ready Environment
It is easy for you to start and scale-up your business smoothly in Malaysia. Malaysia’s established financial and banking sectors, business-friendly policies, ready infrastructure and supportive government facilities make it straightforward for companies to set up operations here. The World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report ranked Malaysia in the top 12 out of 190 economies.
Malaysia is well-positioned to serve as a central hub for worldwide trade. Our air transport infrastructure is among the best in the world. Our coastal ports provide direct maritime access in Asia to Singapore, China, as well as to Europe and the U.S. We also offer investors a selection of secure trade corridors and industrial zones that regularly facilitate continual supply chain and business operations.
Our policies continue to be pro-business, prudent and pragmatic to create an environment that is safe, secure and scalable for the long term success of businesses here. This includes 100% equity ownership in the manufacturing and selected services sectors, competitive investment incentives and IP protection laws that conform with international standards.
Our efforts in attracting investments and driving productivity and innovation through economic and regulatory reforms have received worldwide recognition by various international institutions.
Malaysia is committed to continuously developing and upgrading its infrastructure. This has resulted in over 500 dedicated industrial parks, specialised industrial parks and free industrial zones, expanding telecommunication technologies, growing network of highways, efficient seaports and well-recognised international airports.
Malaysia has over 500
Malaysia has 18
Free Industrial Zones (FIZS)
Malaysia has the perfect combination of world-class infrastructure components to manoeuvre people and goods around the country quickly and affordably. Our fibre optic technology, international airports, and seaports as well as well-maintained highways make Malaysia an ideal access point to the Asia-Pacific market.
Industrial parks are continuously being developed by state governments as well as private developers to meet industry’s demands. Malaysia’s economic corridors complement MIDA’s efforts to attract strategic partners to invest in their respective regions.
Companies in FIZs are allowed duty free imports of raw materials, components, parts, machinery and equipment directly required in the manufacturing process. In areas where FIZs are not available, companies may apply to set up Licenced Manufacturing Warehouses (LMWs).
Specialised parks are developed to cater to the needs of specific industries. These include Technology Park Malaysia in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur and the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in the northern state of Kedah which also caters to technology-intensive industries and R&D activities.
Malaysia’s liberal equity policy makes it easier for foreign companies to set up their business here to stay ahead. Since June 2003, foreign investors could hold 100% of the equity in all investments in new and expansion / diversification projects in the manufacturing sector and selected services sectors. Liberalised services sub-sectors include selected areas of health and social services, tourism services, transport services, business services and computer and related services.
Malaysia’s IP laws are in conformance with international standards
Malaysia has signed Investment Guarantee Agreements (IGAs) with more than 60 countries
The world’s most innovative companies choose Malaysia due to our secure Intellectual Property (IP) protections which safeguard more than just their ideas or concepts. It protects their genuine business assets that are integral to the core services of the business and overall long-term viability. Malaysia’s robust Intellectual Property (IP) laws will secure all your innovations.
From powering the cloud and billions of smart devices, Intel for example, creates value for its customers and stakeholders from their Malaysian Global Service Centre. It is used to undertake research and development activities for computing devices; and services activities relating to finance, human resources, information technology, procurement, manufacturing, logistics, warehousing and sales marketing services.
Intel has invested more than RM14 billion over almost 50 years and employed 9,000 highly-skilled Malaysians. Penang was the site of Intel’s first offshore assembly plant in 1972. Today, Intel’s largest assembly and test site among its global network is also located in Penang.
The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Centre (GIPC), in its 7th Annual International Intellectual Property (IP) index – 2019, ranks Malaysia second in Southeast Asia.
The conducive business environment in Malaysia has made the country one of the world’s top investment destinations for offshore manufacturing operations. Malaysia has to date attracted more than 5,000 foreign companies from more than 50 countries to establish their operations in the country. Many companies continue to expand and diversify operations in the country, reflecting ongoing confidence in Malaysia as a preferred site for their business ventures.
Malaysia is increasingly becoming an ideal location for global establishments, regional distribution centres or a global representative office. Several significant players enjoy the lucrative benefits of business process outsourcing (BPO) activities and other services supporting their Asia Pacific operations as they leverage on Malaysia’s sound banking and financial services, and comprehensive business ecosystem.
Regional/Global Operation/Principal Hub
Malaysia is focused on boosting productivity, encouraging innovation and increasing incomes and job opportunities. The fundamental pillars are based on the following six strategic thrusts.
Enhancing inclusiveness towards
an equitable society
Improving wellbeing for all
Accelerating human capital development
for an advanced nation
Pursuing green growth for sustainability
Strengthening infrastructure to
support economic expansion
Re-engineering economic growth
for greater prosperity
Malaysia continues to attract targeted global investments within several catalytic sectors, that will bring in high-value, high-technology and high-impact investments, such as electrical and electronics, machinery and equipment, aerospace, medical devices as well as renewable energy and consumer technology.
Moving forward, the Government will be announcing more long-term policies on investments and the economy such as the 12th Malaysia Plan to chart the way forward.