Malaysia is a strategic gateway into Asia. Over the course of history, various colonial powers recognised its value as a port-of-call and the richness of its natural bounty. Today, these advantages continue to underpin the country’s impressive economic progress in global trade and commerce.

In the 60 years since independence, Malaysia has implemented robust, economic fundamentals and boasts a multicultural and multilingual population, well-educated human capital, connected infrastructure, progressive digital frameworks and a thriving business environment. Its young demographic and healthy household formation augur well for future growth and development.


Economic Strength

Rapid economic growth

Rapid economic growth 6.5% p.a. (1970 – 2016) OECD ECOSCOPE, 2016

Median age of the 23 million

Median age of the 23 million urban population is 28*
*Source: World Bank

5th in Asia Competitive

7th in Asia Competitive economy WEF Global Competitive Index, 2016 – 2017

Top 10 in the world Prospective

TOP IN THE WORLD, prospective destination for MNCs, UNCTAD World Investment Report 2018

5th in AsiaKey FDI recipients

8th in AsiaKey FDI recipients FDI Intelligence FDI Report 2017


Business-Friendly Environment & Attractive Government Policies

5th in Asia Easy place

7th in Asia Easy place to do business World Bank’s Doing Business 2017

5th in Asia Established Infrastructure

12th in Asia Established Infrastructure Statista 2017

6th in Asia Trade-friendly

8th in Asia Trade-friendly WEF Enabling Trade Index 2016

Large-scale infrastructure

Large-scale infrastructure projects

Tax incentives

Tax incentives for major national development projects, such as TRX

Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H)

Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H) offers incentives for foreigners who choose to live in the country


Strong Property Fundamentals

No restriction

No restriction on freehold titles**


Low-interest environment

Long loan tenures

Long loan tenures

Value is a foregone conclusion

Value is a foregone conclusion

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia; a vibrant representation of the country’s diversity, rapid development, and aspirations for the future.

Historically, the city has always been a centre of commerce, business and connectivity. It rose to the status of an iconic global city with the opening of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) in 1997.

It’s often referred to as “KUL” city; a shopping, entertainment and food paradise. In addition, it has one of the best healthcare services, good international and local schools, and a growing public transportation network.

Kuala Lumpur is on the cusp of becoming a global business and financial city, by being more vibrant, livable, sustainable, and connected.

Kuala Lumpur

Strong Human Capital

7.4 million people

Population of 7.4 million people

Diverse multicultural society

Diverse multicultural society – main ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese, Indian

Skilled workforce

Skilled workforce - Top 10 in Asia in human development & innovation

Friendly & livable

Friendly & livable – 6th in Asia – HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2016

Ranked 5th amongst 30 global cities

Ranked 5th amongst 30 global cities – Cost competitive city PwC’s Cities of Opportunity 7, 2016

Kuala Lumpur

Global Connectivity

4th in AsiaGlobal

4th in AsiaGlobal connected economy DHL Global Connectedness Index 2016

7th in the worldGlobal

7th in the worldGlobal destination city Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2018