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Understanding Malaysia: Business & Economics

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Malaysia.

At A Glance


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The diverse city of Kuala Lumpur is well known for its tourism and its melting pot of culture. But the landscape of Malaysia’s capital city is fast changing. Kuala Lumpur has become a hub of business, innovation and talent.

Uncertainty remain over the fate of the Malaysian economy after a change in the government, Areca Capital Sdn Bhd’s CEO Danny Wong gives the insight whether there is light on the horizon.


This section explores the various aspects of doing business in the Malaysia.

Business Law

  • Legal Updates
    This link provides a comprehensive guide to the legal regulations in Malaysia.
  • Promotion of Investments Act
    An act to make provision for promoting by way of relief from income tax the establishment and development in Malaysia of industrial, agricultural and other commercial enterprises, for the promotions of exports and for incidental and related purposes.

Economics & Infrastructure

This section explores the economics and infrastructure in the Malaysia.

Malaysia’s primary production remains important -- the country is a major producer of rubber and palm oil, exports considerable quantities of petroleum and natural gas, and is one of the world’s largest sources of commercial hardwoods. Increasingly, however, Malaysia has emphasized export-oriented manufacturing to fuel its economic growth.

This video describes Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur economic development zone of Iskandar -- its three times the size of Singapore, and part of a 20 year plan with billions of dollars invested to develop this region.

Additional Resources

Business Etiquette

Malaysia is a modern, multicultural society and welcomes foreigners. Learn some tips on the business etiquette in Malaysian culture.

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