Investment Guide - Why Malaysia

Continuous economic growth

Malaysia is a country on the move. From a country dependent on agriculture and primary commodities in the sixties, Malaysia has today become an export-driven economy spurred on by high technology, knowledge-based and capital-intensive industries.

Supportive government policies

Government policies that maintain a business environment with opportunities for growth and profits have made Malaysia an attractive manufacturing and export base in the region. The private sector in Malaysia has become partners with the public sector in achieving the nation's development objectives.

Attractive tax incentives

Effective from the year of assessment 2009, the corporate tax rate is reduced to 25 percent and the maximum individual tax rate is revised from 28 percent to 27 percent. Malaysia also offers a wide range of tax incentives for manufacturing projects under the Promotion of Investments Act 1986 and the Income Tax Act 1967.

Educated workforce

Malaysia offers investors a young, educated and productive workforce at very competitive costs. Malaysia's literacy rates are high and school leavers entering the job market have at least 11 years of basic education.

Developed infrastructure

The greatest advantage to manufacturers in Malaysia has been the nation's persistent drive to develop and upgrade its infrastructure. Over the years, these investments have paid off and serious bottlenecks have been avoided. Today, Malaysia can boast of having one of the most well-developed infrastructure among the newly industrializing countries of Asia.

Vibrant business environment

Malaysia's market-oriented economy, supportive government policies and a large local business community that is ready to do business with international corporations have made Malaysia a highly competitive manufacturing and export base.

Quality life

Malaysia is among the most friendly and hospitable places in the world to work and live in, while Malaysians are warm, friendly people who easily accept foreigners into their circle of friends.

Expatriates and their families will enjoy a safe and comfortable living environment, good healthcare and medical facilities, excellent educational institutions, and world-class recreational and sports facilities -- at costs much lower than in their own countries.

(Source: Malaysian Investment Department Authority)

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