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Malaysia fact sheet

Strategically located at the heart of Southeast Asia, along the world's busiest shipping lanes. Export-driven economy spurred on by high technology, knowledge-based and capital-intensive industries.

About Malaysia

33.5 million

33.5 million

Population size

29.2 years

29.2 years

Median age

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur


Malaysian ringgit (MYR)

Malaysian ringgit (MYR)

Currency unit



Internet penetration rate



Mobile penetration rate

Further resources

Economic zones

5 Economic Corridors
1 Free Zone (China-Malaysia bilateral industrial park)

For high-value tech manufacturers Pioneer Status (PS)

Income tax exemption of 70-100% on statutory income for five years.


Investment Tax Allowance (ITA)

Allowance of 60-100% on qualifying capital expenditure used for approved project incurred within 5-10 years.


Pharmaceuticals manufacturers in high tech products

Income tax rate of 0-10% for the first 10 years; income tax rate of 10% for the subsequent 10 years.


Principal Hub
New Company

  • 0% tax rate for up to 10 years (5+5) – Tier 1
  • 5% tax rate for up to 10 years (5+5) – Tier 2

Existing Company

  • 10% tax rate for up to 5 years.


MSC Malaysia Status

  • 100% tax exemption for 5 years (Tier 1 & 2) and extendable for another 5 years.
  • 70% tax exemption for 5 years (Tier 3), extendable if company changes to Tier 1 or 2 and fulfils the conditions imposed.


National Economic Recovery Plan
New company in manufacturing sector with fixed assets of:

  • MYR300-500 million: 0% tax rate for 10 years.
  • More than MYR500 million: 0% tax rate for 15 years.

World Economic Outlook (October 2021); World Bank; UNESCO Institute of Statistics; International Labour Organization: Global Wage Report 2020–21: Wages and minimum wages in the time of COVID-19; Asian Development Bank; Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA); Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia; Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

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