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Company Incorporation

Foreign companies who want to set up companies in Malaysia have the following options:

  • Incorporating a local company with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM); or
  • Registering the foreign company in Malaysia with SSM.
Steps in incorporating a company
  1. Name registration
  2. Once applied name is successful, to lodge incorporation documents within 3 months from the approval date of company’s name
  3. Incorporation documents include:

– Memorandum and Article of Association

– A certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or registration of the foreign company

– Form 79 (Return by Foreign Company Giving Particulars of Directors and Changes of Particulars)

*NOTE: If the list includes directors residing in Malaysia who are members of the local board of directors of the foreign company, a memorandum stating their powers must be executed by or on behalf on the foreign company and submitted to SSM.

– A memorandum of appointment or power of attorney authorising the person (s) residing in Malaysia, to accept on behalf of the foreign company any notices required to be served on such foreign company.

– Form 80 (Statutory Declaration by Agent of Foreign Company).

– The original copy of Form 13A

– Copy of NRIC of each director and company secretary

– A copy of the letter from SSM approving the name of the foreign company

  1. Registration fees need to be paid with the lodgement of the documents
  2. Certificate of Corporation will be issued by SSM upon compliance with the incorporation procedure and submission of the duly completed Incorporation Documents
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Employment Pass

A foreigner who wants to work in Malaysia need to obtain an Employment Pass. An employment pass is normally for the following posts:



Top Managerial Post of a foreign owned company operating in Malaysia.

Responsible for looking after the company’s interests and investments.

Responsible for determining the company’s policies and goals.



Professional/Middle Managerial Post.

Required academic and working experience, practical skills related to the respective jobs.

Responsible for implementing the company’s policies and supervision toward the junior staff.



Highly skilled

Require working experience and technical skills related to the respective jobs.

Requirements for Employment Pass

One (1) set of application form together with the following supporting documents:

(i) Letter of Authority from the company or letter of appointment as a company’s representative.

(ii) Duly completed DP11 Form with passport size photograph.

(iii) Offer and Acceptance Letter or Employment Contract (RM10.00 Stamped) or Personal Bond which has been stamped with a RM10.00 revenue stamp for the application of a Visitor’s Pass (Temporary Employment)

(iv) One complete copy of the Expatriate’s Official passport (Two copies for PRC citizens).


Other documents required:

Letter of approval from MIDA/BNM/SC/JPM/LHDN where relevant (approval from EC and MDEC is not required)

Print-out of company’s profile from Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) or form 9, form 24 and form 49 for approval by MIDA and EC (if EC imposes capital appreciation).

Expatriate’s resume, copies of Diploma/Degree for non

key posts under the approval of MIDA (for posts approved by MIDA and its incumbent, the above supporting documents are not required)

Release letter from former employer if the Expatriate wishes for a change in employer.


  1. Passport validity should not be less than 18 months.
  1. Entry into Malaysia was in accordance with the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966 and Immigration Regulations 1963.
  2. Possess a valid visa (where required)
  3. Dual citizenship is not recognised in Malaysia.
  4. Age (no age limit)
  5. Salary and Expatriate post period
  • A minimum salary of RM5000.00 and above and at least 2 years’ employment contract.


Malaysia Tax System

The tax rate for a local company set up by foreigners is different depending on the residency status of the company.

A company is tax resident in Malaysia if at any time during that basis year the management and control of its business is in Malaysia.



Company with paid up capital less than RM2.5million

On first RM500,000 = 20%

Subsequent balance = 25%

Company with paid up capital more than RM2.5million = 25%



Flat tax rate of 25%


Tax rates depending on the tax resident status of the individual.

A person is a non-resident under Malaysian tax law if you stay less than 182 days in Malaysia in a year, regardless of your citizenship or nationality.

Non-resident individual is taxed at a different tax rate on income earned/received from Malaysia.


For individual tax resident:

The individual is taxed at a scheduler rate ranging from 1-25% depending on the person chargeable income.


For individual non-tax resident:

The individual is taxed at a flat rate of 25%


Business Activities Requiring Collaboration with Locals

Some businesses are prohibited for foreigners:

Engineering & Technical Expert 

  • Conveyor Vulcanizing
  • Digital Imaging
  • Experts In Steel Treatment (Melting And Casting)
  • High Precision Tools And Die Maintenance
  • Instruments Specialists (For Petrochemincal Industry)
  • Manufacturing Systems Designers
  • Material Technologists
  • Metallurgist
  • Offshore Field Operation
  • Photonics
  • Radio Frequency Designers
  • Sensor Technologist
  • Underwater Welders
  • Wafer Fabrication
  • Wireless Technologist

Geosciences & Geophysical Disciplines

  • Geoscientists
  • Geotechnologists
  • Metallurgists
  • Seismologists

Medical & Pharmacy

  • Production
  • Specialists
  • Technical

Electrical & Electronics

  • Analogue Designers
  • Microwave Designers


  • Renewable Energy

Textiles & Minerals Industry

  • Craft/Design Cutting Specialists
  • Craftsman/Engraving
  • Designers
  • Dye Technologists
  • Dyeing Technicians

Food Industry/Biotechnolohy

  • Biotechnologists
  • Biotechnology Analysts
  • Disease Control/Quarantine
  • Dyestuff Specialist
  • Food/Nutrient Technologists
  • Genetic Engineering Specialists
  • Product/Flavoring Specialist
  • Tea/Food Tasters


  1. Supermarket And Minimarket
  2. Prepaid Card Business
  3. Cyber Café
  4. Car Glass And Aluminium Work Shop
  5. Herbal Product Business
  6. Spa-Only For Shareholders And Spa In Hotels
  7. Restaurant, Bistro And Café – Exclusive Concept & Shareholders Allowed
  8. Cleaning And Maintenance
  9. Massage Parlour
  10. Provision Shop
  11. Furnitures And Fittings
  12. Photo Frames Shop
  13. Textiles And Clothings
  14. Computer Accessories
  15. Hair Salon
  16. Laundry Shop
  17. Small And Non-Exclusive Restaurant


Positions Not Allowed Under Construction Industry

  • Air Conducting Fixing
  • Electrical Chargeman
  • Electrical Wireman
  • Excavator Operator
  • Installation Of Lift And Escalator
  • Shovel Operator
  • Telephone & Telegraph Fixing


Positions Not Allowed Under Timber Industry

  • Forest Mils – Most Categories Of Job
  • Furniture Factory – All Machinery Specialists
  • Timber Factories – Most Categories Of Job


Position That Not Allowed Under Sport Ministry

  • All Management Positions Except Trainer And Sport Consultant



1. Market Research And Public Opinion Polling Services

 2. Management Consulting Services

3. Other Business Services

  • Collection Agency Services
  • Duplicating Services
  • Telephone Answering Services
  • Translation And Interpretation Services

4. Repair Services Relate To Metal Products, Machinery & Equipment On

  • Electrical Machinery And Apparatus
  • Medical, Precision Optical Instruments, Watches And Clocks
  • Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
  • Office, Accounting And Computing Machinery
  • Optical Equipment
  • Other Transport Equipment
  • Personal And Household Goods
  • Radio, Television And Communications Equipment And Apparatus

5. Other Land Transport Services

  • Freight Transportation By Man – Or Animal – Drawn Vehicles
  • Passenger Transportation By Man – Or Animal – Drawn Vehicles
  • Rental Services Of Passenger Cars With Operator
  • Transportation Of Other Freight

6. Supporting Services For Road Transport

  • Parking Services

7. Services Related To Management Consulting

8.Building-Cleaning Services

9. Placement and supply services of personnel

  • Executive search services

10. Investigation and security services

  • Alarm monitoring services

11. Services incidental to manufacturing

12. Publishing and printing on a fee or contract basis

To handle such prohibitions, foreigners can solve this by having joint venture with Malaysian partner:

For such companies, a minimum of 50% control over the venture is maintained by the foreign directors. The other half is owned by Malaysian investors and trading partners. A minimum authorized capital of RM500000 and paid up capital of RM350000 is required.



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