Why Invest in Malaysia?

Politically Stable

Unlike its other ASEAN neighbours, Malaysia is politically stable and has been free of any major political disruption over the past forty years. The country has adopted a constitutionally monarchy system with a democratically elected government that has been in power since independence in 1957.

Continuous Economic Success

Malaysia is the third largest economy in South East Asia behind Indonesia and Thailand but a GDP per capita only behind Singapore and Brunei. It has a newly industrialized market economy, which is relatively open to foreign investors; successfully transitioning from a primary based economy in the 60’s and 70’s.

Great FDI Destination

Malaysia recorded FDI inflows of US$10.16 billion in 2012. Ranked 4th on the World Bank’s “Doing Business 2013 -Investor Protection Index” and 12th best place in the world in the “Ease of Doing Business 2013” report, Malaysia is widely considered as a good destination for investments from all over the world with a sound investor protection framework.

Demographically Supportive

Malaysia has a young population with an increasing middle class; a by product of stable growth over the past thirty years. The nation is expected to enjoy a demographic bonus over the next ten years and this will be supportive of real estate investments.

Supportive Government Policies

1.Direct Foreign Ownership with No Capital Controls Non-residents are free to purchase residential and Commercial properties in Malaysia except for minor restrictions mentioned below.

2.Transparent Torrens Land Administration System The rights of foreign investors to own and possess property and to seek legal redress in the courts are guaranteed under these laws.

3. Real Estate Investor-friendly Tax Environment

The taxation framework for real estate investments is relatively transparent and easy to apply.

4. Repatriation of Income is Allowed Bank Negara Malaysia does not impose any restriction on the repatriation of profits, rental or proceeds from divestment of investments in Malaysia by a non-resident.

Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Railway

On February 19, 2013, Singapore and Malaysia have officially agreed to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore by 2020 at a meeting between Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in Singapore.