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A Land of Opportunities-Business Ready Environment

Business Ready Environment

Starting and expanding your business in Malaysia is a straightforward process. Malaysia’s robust financial and banking sectors, pro-business policies, well-developed infrastructure, and government support make it an easy place to conduct business.

Perfectly positioned as a central hub for worldwide trade routes, Malaysia offers a top-tier air transport infrastructure. Complemented by our strategic coastal ports, which serve as an accessible maritime link vital for global commerce, Malaysia facilitates seamless business operations and enhances investment prospects across continents. Additionally, Malaysia provides a selection of secure trade corridors and industrial zones, enabling uninterrupted supply chains and business activities.

Malaysia upholds business-friendly policies that are pragmatic and effective, cultivating a stable and supportive environment for your business to thrive. These policies encompass flexible incentives, strong intellectual property protection laws in line with global standards, and the freedom to have 100% equity ownership in manufacturing and select service sectors.

Malaysia's Global Standing

Take a look at how Malaysia stacks up against the global competition.

Our efforts in attracting investments and driving productivity and innovation through economic and regulatory reforms have received worldwide recognition by various international institutions.



Top country in emerging Southeast Asia for Foreign Investment

(Global Opportunity Index, Bloomberg 2022)

Most Competitive Emerging Market

(Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2022)

Most Competitive Country in ASEAN

(World Competitiveness Yearbook 2022, IMD)

Progressive Infrastructure, Excellent Connectivity

Industrial Parks
Network of

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
industrial estates


Malaysia has 18
Free Industrial Zones (FIZS)



Malaysia offers world-class infrastructure for efficient transportation of people and goods. With advanced technology, international airports, seaports, and highways, it serves as a gateway 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.

Liberal Equity Policy

Malaysia’s liberal equity policy enables your businesses to establish a strong presence and gain a competitive edge. Since June 2003, foreign investors have been allowed 100% equity ownership in new, expansion, and diversification projects within the manufacturing sector and specific services sector. The liberalised services sub-sectors encompass health and social services, tourism services, transport services, business services, and computer-related services.

Intellectual Property (IP) Protection

Malaysia’s IP laws are in conformance with international standards

  • Member of the World Intellectual Property Protection
    Organisation (WIPO)
  • Signatory of the Paris Convention and Berne Convention
    which govern IP rights
  • Signatory of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of IP
    Rights (TRIP 8) under the WTO

Malaysia has signed Investment Guarantee Agreements (IGAs) with more than 60 countries.

Malaysia's IP Protection Safeguards

Our robust Intellectual Property (IP) protection attracts the world’s most innovative companies. Our secure IP laws safeguard not only ideas and concepts but also vital business assets crucial to long-term success.

To illustrate, Intel, through its Malaysian Global Service Centre, generates value for its customers and stakeholders. The centre conducts R&D for computing devices and offers diverse services including finance, human resources, information technology, procurement, manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, and sales marketing support.

With over RM14 billion invested over the span of 50 years and employing over 9,000 highly skilled Malaysians, Intel’s first offshore assembly plant established in 1972 has now become the largest assembly and test site in its global network, located here in Penang.

Intellectual Property









The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Centre (GIPC), in its 7th Annual International Intellectual Property (IP) index – 2022, ranks Malaysia second in South-East Asia.


Malaysia actively fosters a dynamic R&D environment with incentives for IP development, meeting the demand for global innovation amid evolving technologies and businesses.




The Conducive Business Environment in Malaysia

Malaysia’s conducive environment positions it as a leading global destination for manufacturing. With over 5,000 foreign companies from more than 50 countries establishing their presence, it reflects unwavering confidence in Malaysia as the preferred destination for your global growth investment.

Prominent Foreign Manufacturing

Convergence of Traditional Services Hubs

Malaysia attracts a hybrid suite of business models, which include Global/Regional Headquarters, Centres of Excellence (COEs), Procurement and Distribution Hubs, offering numerous advantages to multinational corporations (MNCs) looking for a strategic hub in the Asia-Pacific region to efficiently manage their service operations and regional or global supply chains.

Approved Regional and Global Operations (as of Q1 2023)







USD15.72 bil


National Investment Aspirations (NIA)

The NIA serves as a visionary growth framework to drive extensive reforms in Malaysia’s investment policies. It focuses on coherence and is reflected across all national policy papers and initiatives related to investment, including the New Industrial Master Plan and the 12th Malaysia Plan. This framework assumes an important role in revitalising Malaysia’s investment environment to attract high quality investments and create high-income employment opportunities.


Five Key Pillars of the NIA:

Increase the Economic Complexity

Enabling comprehensive reform in strengthening economic diversity and complexity of exports, enhanced local Research and Development (R&D), an improved capabilities, for a broader array of high-value products and services.

Create High-Value Jobs

Create high skill jobs to provide better income for the people.

Extend Domestic Linkages

Expanding and integrating domestic linkages into regional and global supply chains by improving resiliency.

Develop New and Existing Clusters

Accelerating the formation of new clusters in high-growth sectors while developing existing clusters to boost productivity, value creation, and economic effect.

Improve Inclusivity

Promoting inclusive growth focusing on socio-economic development.

The NIA aims to drive sustainable and high-quality investment in emerging and diverse sectors, fuelling Malaysia’s long-term growth. MIDA, with its established track record in promoting and facilitating investments, will assume a vital role in this initiative aligning with institutional reforms and the NIA’s mandate for improved policy coherence.

Positioning A Sustainable Malaysia

Under the NIA, investment strategies will prioritise investments and innovation that strike a balance between economic and environmental sustainability anchored on global environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmarks to support growth along the supply and value chains.


The green initiatives under Budget 2022 include reinforcing the need for Malaysian companies and the local supply chain to adopt ESG frameworks premised on higher value creation.


The transforming strategic sectors that have been identified following ESG-based practices include:


  • Manufacturing
    Driving increased production of sustainable products, such as electric vehicles (EVs), and implementing ESG practices to have a positive social impact
  • Services
    Incorporating the latest ESG practices into services, including corporate governance standards and sustainable investing
  • High-tech Areas
    Integrating advanced technologies with the latest ESG trends, such as the development of green data centres
  • Energy and Power
    Facilitating the transition of the energy and utility industries toward renewable energy sources

12th Malaysia Plan, 2021-2025 (12MP)

The 12MP encompasses Economic Empowerment, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Reengineering, working in harmony for Malaysia’s vision of Shared Prosperity. These dimensions align with Malaysia’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. For more details, visit the Official Portal of the Ministry of Economy.