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A Land of Opportunities -Invest in Malaysia

Welcome to Malaysia. Home of Thriving Opportunities.

Malaysia lies just above the equator, right in the heart of South-East Asia. Strategically located between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, Malaysia is well serviced by all primary air and shipping lines. This coupled with the country’s sustainable and solid economic foundation, comprehensive business ready environment, future-forward focus and dynamic skilled workforce have made Malaysia an attractive cost-competitive investment location in the region, and is fast becoming a preferred centre for shared services and leading technology industries.

330,000 km2
(127,000 m2)
500 industrial estates

Population
32.7 million (2020e)

Ringgit Malaysia (RM) which
is divided into 100 sen.

Business English is widely used.
The multilingual population is
fluent in English, Mandarin,
Hindi and Tamil.

Parliamentary democracy
constitutional monarch

Tropical-warm and sunny throughout
the year. Daily temperatures range
from 33°C (90F) in the late evening
to 22°C

A country with 13 states and
3 federal territories

Freedom of religion guaranteed by
the Constitution. Islam, Buddhism,
Christianity and Hinduism widely
practised.

Secure Economic Foundations

Malaysia has a highly-diversified economic and export structure, supportive labour market, low and stable inflation, a strong and well-capitalised financial sector and a healthy current account of the balance of payments. 

2019 Economic Strength:

USD311.1 bil

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

4.3%

Real GDP Growth (%)

USD10, 809 bil

Per capita income USD10, 809 billion

1.2%

Inflation (%)

3.4%

Unemployment rate

USD104.3 bil

International Reserves

Malaysia’s economy remains resilient and rests on strong fundamentals. Its diversified economic structure, sound financial system, effective public health response and proactive macroeconomic policy support suggest that Malaysia will be able to ride out the storm better than many other countries.

-Richard Record, World Bank Lead Economist, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investments Global Practice (2020)

Ideally Situated

Malaysia is well-positioned in one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world. The South-East Asia region has recorded average GDP growth of 5.3% per annum over the last 20 years.

Heart of Southeast Asia


Southeast Asia is estimated to grow by 4.9% over the next five years

Economic Outlook Southeast Asia, China and India 2020- OECD 2019


Centre of Southeast Asia

Market Access of over 630 million people with combined GDP of US$2.3 trillion (ASEANstats, 2018)


Well-connected to major ports in Asia

Reaching Mumbai, India within 6hours and reaching Beijing, China within 9 hours


Next to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes

Straits of Malacca provides access to global supply chains via 2 key ports.

Gateway to ASEAN and Beyond

Malaysia is a market-oriented economy with 16 Free Trade Agreements

Creating potential market size of 3.9 billion people

Lower cost of doing business

Almost 99% of products in ASEAN have zero tariffs

Attract 11% of Global FDI 

ASEAN market size is estimated to attract 11% of Global FDI

Seven of world’s top 10 economies with largest ICT to GDP ratio are in Asia

(IMF’s 2018 Regional Economic Outlook for Asia Pacific)

Diversified Economy

From a country once dependent on agriculture and primary commodities, Malaysia has today become an export-driven diversified economy spurred on by high technology, knowledge-based and capital-intensive industries. Our mature and integrated ecosystems developed over the decades nurtured a strong local supply chain that supports the long term growth of your business.

Top Performing Industries in 2019

RM25.65 bil

Electronics and Electrical Products (RM11.2 bil more than 2018)

RM10.75 bil

Paper, Printing and Publishing (Almost double 2018’s investments)

RM6.86 bil

Non-Metallic Mineral Products (RM4.46 bil more than 2018)

RM8.05 bil

Transport Equipment

RM4.75 bil

Chemicals, and Chemical Products

RM4.58 bil

Rubbers Products

RM4.46 bil

Machinery and Equipment

RM3.80 bil

Food Manufacturing

These 8 industries accounted for

RM68.90 bil/ 83.3%

of total investments approved

Malaysia’s manufacturing sector plays an important role in the global supply chain while domestic activities are well represented by the services sector, which has become more visible in the past two decades.

79.1%

Domestic Investments

(RM93.44 bil)

RM118.10 bil

Total Approved Investments
in the Services Sector in 2019

40%

20.9%

Foreign Investments

(RM24.66 bil)

79.1%

Domestic Investments

(RM93.44 bil)

RM118.10 bil

Total Approved Investments
in the Services Sector in 2019

40%

20.9%

Foreign Investments

(RM24.66 bil)

4,087

Approved Projects

44,811

Job Opportunities

We continue to be an attractive location for businesses across various industries. Malaysia’s diversified sectors offer abundant opportunities to investors expanding into alternative markets.

Extensive Trade Links, Lower Cost of Doing Business

Malaysia has already signed and implemented various free trade agreements (FTA), which include bilateral FTAs with Japan, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Chile, Australia and Turkey. On the ASEAN level, Malaysia has regional FTAs through the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) with China, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and India. 

This creates a potential market size of 3.9 billion people. Up to 98% of total products have 0% import duties under Malaysia’s FTAs with ASEAN. 

Lower trade barriers translate to lower costs of doing business. This grants companies operating in Malaysia preferential access to capture growth opportunities and immediate markets in one of the world’s largest trading blocs.

Higher Investment Opportunities Through RCEP

Malaysia is among the 10 signatory countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest free trade agreement. This is expected to establish a strong framework for cooperation and contribute significantly to economic recovery for the economies involved. Given that the member countries of RCEP are among Malaysia’s top 15 trading partners, this free trade agreement is expected to create a more liberal, facilitative and competitive investment environment that will provide improved investment facilitation and investor aftercare.

Malaysia's Global Standing

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

Malaysia is one of the world’s fastest growing regions. Ranked among the top emerging markets for investment and recognised for its protection of investors as well as its responsiveness to facilitating business needs, Malaysia is the offshore base from which your company can prosper.

2nd

Trade and Connectivity in Southeast Asia

(DHL Global Connectedness Index 2019)

2nd

Ease of Doing Business within ASEAN

(World Bank Doing Business Report 2020)

Protecting Investors

(World Bank Doing Business Report 2020)

3rd

Global Offshoring Destination

(A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index, GSLI 2019)

5th

Most Attractive Emerging Market in the World

(Bloomberg 2018)

8th

High Tech Manufacturing

(World Bank 2018)

12th

Ease of Doing Business

(World Bank Doing Business 2020 Report)

2nd

Ease of Protecting Minority Investors

(Global Innovation Index 2020, World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO)

14th

University & Industry Research Collaboration

(Global Innovation Index 2020, World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO)

7th

Market Capitalisation and State of Cluster Development

(Global Innovation Index 2020, World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO)

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