Malaysia consists of thirteen states and three federal territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan) and is located in Southeast Asia. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government.

The country is a federal constitutional elective monarchy. The system of government is closely modelled on that of the Westminster parliamentary system and the legal system is based on English Common Law.

The country enjoys a robust regulatory, supervisory, Shariah and legal framework. Malaysia's Islamic finance marketplace is served by the Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC) community.

Other basic facts:

Time zone

Greenwich Mean Time +8



Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the national language. English, Chinese and Tamil dialects are also widely spoken, with English being the language of business


National currency

Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)



Permitted currenciesRinggit Malaysia
Minimum issued capitalOne (1)
Authorised capitalN/A
Par / nominal valueN/A
MinimumOne (1) individual
Corporate directorNot allowed
Minimum ageEighteen (18)
Local directors requirementsMinimum one (1) director who shall ordinarily reside in Malaysia by having a principal place of residence in Malaysia
Location of meetingAnywhere
Minimum numbers of meetingPer constitution (if any)
MinimumOne (1)
Bearer sharesNo
Local shareholders requirementsNo
Location of meetingAnywhere
Minimum numbers of meetingNone
MinimumOne (1)
RequirementsA natural person, citizen or permanent resident of Malaysia, who shall ordinarily reside in Malaysia by having a principal place of residence in Malaysia, and member of an approved body or licensed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia
RequirementsWithin Malaysia
RecordsAt the registered office or such other place as the directors think fit
Preparation of accountsYes
Audit requirements and filingAudit and filing are generally required. However, the Registrar shall have power to exempt any private company from this requirement based on conditions set by the Registrar
Publicly accessible recordsYes
Corporate Tax Rate
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a paid-up capital of up to RM2.5m at the beginning of the basis period:
    YA 2019
    The first chargeable income of RM500,000 : 17%
    In excess of RM500,000 : 24%
  • Company with a paid-up capital above RM2.5m at the beginning of the basis period : 24%
  • Non-resident company / branch : 24%
Annual returnEach calendar year not later than thirty (30) days from the anniversary of its incorporation date
Financial statements and reportsFinancial statements and reports are to be circulated to members of the company within six (6) months of its financial year end.
A copy of the financial statements and reports shall be lodged with the Registrar within thirty (30) days from the circulation to its members
Annual tax returnUnder the self-assessment system, submission should be made within seven (7) months from the end of the accounting period of the company which constitutes the basis period for the year of assessment
Legal systemCommon Law
Corporate re-domiciliationNo
Double taxation treaty acessYes
Exchange controlYes

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