Malaysia

GDP (US$ Billion)

309.86 (2017)

World Ranking 38/191

GDP Per Capita (US$)

9,660 (2017)

World Ranking 72/190

Economic Structure

(in terms of GDP composition, 2017)

Services
(51%)
Industry
(39%)
Agriculture
(9%)

External Trade (% of GDP)

128.6 (2016)

Currency (Period Average)

Malaysian Ringgit

4.15 per US$ (2016)

Political System

Federal constitutional monarchy

Overview

Malaysia is one of the most open markets in the world. Its economy is well-diversified and has successfully weathered the impact of external shocks. This has been bolstered by strong macroeconomic management, with low and stable inflation and on-track fiscal consolidation. The financial system remains well-functioning and regulated, boasting a well-capitalised banking system and deep capital markets. Domestic demand is expected to continue to anchor economic growth, supported by continued income growth and a stable labour market, while an improving external environment would contribute positively to demand for Malaysia's tradable goods and services.

Sources: World Bank, Fitch Solutions

Major Economic/Political Events and Upcoming Elections

April 2015

The lower house of parliament passed an anti-terrorism bill that allowed suspects to be held indefinitely without trial and toughens penalties for sedition.

December 2016

Sultan Muhammad V was sworn in as the new king, succeeding Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.

May 2018

An alliance of opposition parties led by Mahathir Mohamad won the general election and Mahathir became the prime minister.

January 2019

Sultan Abdullah of Pahang was sworn in, succeeding Sultan Muhammad V.

Sources: BBC Country Profile - Timeline, Fitch Solutions Political Risk Analysis

Major Economic Indicators
Graph: Malaysia real GDP and inflation
 
Graph: Malaysia real GDP and inflation
 
Graph: Malaysia GDP by sector (2017)
 
Graph: Malaysia GDP by sector (2017)
 
Graph: Malaysia unemployment rate
 
Graph: Malaysia unemployment rate
 
Graph: Malaysia current account balance
 
Graph: Malaysia current account balance
 

e = estimate, f = forecast

Sources: IMF, World Bank

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

External Trade

Merchandise Trade

Graph: Malaysia merchandise trade
 
Graph: Malaysia merchandise trade
 
 

e = estimate

Source: WTO

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Graph: Malaysia major export commodities (2018)
 
Graph: Malaysia major export commodities (2018)
 
Graph: Malaysia major export markets (2018)
 
Graph: Malaysia major export markets (2018)
 
Graph: Malaysia major import commodities (2018)
 
Graph: Malaysia major import commodities (2018)
 
Graph: Malaysia major import markets (2018)
 
Graph: Malaysia major import markets (2018)
 

Sources: Trade Map, Fitch Solutions

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Trade in Services

Graph: Malaysia trade in services
 
Graph: Malaysia trade in services
 
 

e = estimate

Source: WTO

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Trade Policies
  • Malaysia has been a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) since January 1, 1995.

  • Malaysia is a member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), alongisde Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

  • Malaysia's average applied most favoured nation (MFN) tariff increased from 5.6% in 2013 to 7.5% in 2017.

  • Almost all rates (99% of tariff lines) are ad valorem, while duty-free lines accounted for 56.2% of all tariff lines. The number of different tariff rates increased from 19 in 2013 to 25 in 2017.

  • Ad valorem tariff rates range from zero to 60% for industrial products and 0 to 90% for agricultural products. Among different product groups, average tariffs are highest for transport equipment (the simple average tariff rate was 21.5% in 2017).

  • Import duty exemptions are applied to local and foreign manufacturing companies on raw materials and components used in the manufacture of goods for export, and for machinery and equipment not available in Malaysia but used directly in the manufacturing process.

  • Export duties range from 5%-30% and apply to 217 tariff lines (mainly crude oil, palm oil, and wood).

Sources: WTO - Trade Policy Review, Fitch Solutions

Trade Agreement

Trade Updates

In April 2018, the Nigeria-Malaysia Business Council, in collaboration with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and the Malaysia Department of Trade, set up a special trade corridor that aims to enable Malaysian businesses and Nigerian farmers and exporters to collaborate with the aim of adding quality to goods exported from Nigeria to Malaysia. The special focus of this trade corridor will be on crops, such as cocoa, palm produce, rubber and solid minerals that are mostly exported in their raw form to Malaysia and other markets.

Multinational Trade Agreements

Active

  1. Malaysia is a member of the WTO (effective date: January 1, 1995).

  2. ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA – effective date: January 1993): AFTA reduces tariff and non-tariff barriers between member states. The 10 members of the AFTA are Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Cambodia.

  3. ASEAN-mainland China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Economic Integration Agreement (effective date: January 2005 for goods and July 2007 for services): The FTA is a comprehensive economic co-operation between ASEAN member states and mainland China. The goal of the agreement is not only to eliminate tariffs, but also to address behind-the-border barriers that impede the flow of goods and services.

  4. ASEAN-South Korea Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement (effective date: July 2007): The agreement allows 90% of the products being traded between ASEAN and South Korea to enjoy duty-free treatment.

  5. ASEAN-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (effective date: January 2010): The agreement involves the liberalisation of tariffs on over 90% of products traded between the two regions, including the so-called 'special products', such as palm oil (crude and refined), coffee, black tea and pepper.

  6. ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA) (effective date: January 2010): The agreement aims to eliminate tariffs on 99% of exports to key ASEAN markets by 2020.

  7. ASEAN-Japan FTA: The ASEAN-Japan FTA is for goods only and came into force on December 1, 2008. The agreement will lead to the progressive elimination of tariffs on all goods.

  8. ASEAN-Hong Kong FTA (AHKFTA): Hong Kong and ASEAN commenced negotiations of an FTA and an Investment Agreement in July 2014. After 10 rounds of negotiations, Hong Kong and ASEAN announced the conclusion of the negotiations in September 2017 and forged the agreements on November 12, 2017. The agreements are comprehensive in scope, encompassing trade in goods, trade in services, investment, economic and technical co-operation, dispute settlement mechanism and other related areas. The agreements will bring legal certainty, better market access and fair and equitable treatment in trade and investment, thus creating new business opportunities and further enhancing trade and investment flows between Hong Kong and ASEAN. The agreements will also extend Hong Kong's FTA and Investment Agreement network to cover all major economies in South East Asia. The agreement came into force on January 1, 2019, but will take time for all members of ASEAN to comply as implementation is subject to completion of the necessary procedures. Hong Kong is a key export market and the reduction of tariffs will ease the trading process; Hong Kong's potential as a key export market increases the importance of AHKFTA.

  9. CPTPP: The agreement – comprising Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – is in effect. The agreement was ratified in Q418, with the deal representing 13.4% of global GDP, making it the third-largest trade agreement after the NAFTA (the USMCA) and the EU. The agreement aims to cut tariffs, improve access to markets and set common ground on labour and environmental standards and intellectual property protections.

  10. Malaysia-Chile FTA (effective date: April 18, 2012): The agreement aims to progressively reduce or eliminate tariffs on their respective industrial and agricultural products. As part of the agreement, Malaysia undertook to fully eliminate import duties on 9,311 tariff lines on date of entry into force. Chile undertook to fully eliminate import duties for 6,960 tariff lines from the date of entry into force for products that include video recording apparatus and data processing machines (electrical and electronic items), vulcanised rubber thread and cord, surgical gloves, vegetable fats, cocoa butter, fats and oil and parts of aircraft. A number of these measures has been superseded by the CPTPP.

  11. Preferential Tariff Arrangement-Group of Eight Developing Countries (effective date: August 2011): The agreement involves countries that are members of the D-8 Organization for Economic Co-operation, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Nigeria. Objectives of the member countries are to reach a preferential trade agreement to enhance intra-trade and an agreement on administrative assistance in customs matters.

  12. Malaysia-India Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement (effective date: July 2011): This comprehensive agreement covers trade in goods, trade in services, investments and the movement of natural persons. The items on which India has obtained market access from Malaysia include basmati rice, mangoes, eggs, trucks, motorcycles and cotton garments, all of which are items of considerable export interest to India. At the same time, adequate protection has been provided by the Indian side for sensitive sectors, such as agriculture, fisheries, textiles, chemicals and autos. This agreement covers a number of categories without provisions in the ASEAN-India Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Agreement.

  13. Malaysia-Australia FTA (effective date: January 2013): The agreement is a comprehensive agreement comprising 21 chapters encompassing trade in goods, services and investment as well as economic co-operation. It also covers intellectual property rights, e-commerce and competition policy and covers certain areas without provisions in the AANZFTA.

  14. Malaysia-New Zealand FTA (effective date: August 2010): This comprehensive agreement covers the liberalisation of trade in goods, services, investment and economic co-operation. As part of the agreement, Malaysia and New Zealand will progressively reduce or eliminate tariffs on respective industrial and agricultural products. Malaysian exporters will enjoy free duty on cocoa products, carpets, tyres, margarine, steel wire, iron products and wood furniture. Imports from New Zealand into Malaysia will enjoy zero or lower duties for paper, plastics, automotive components, and veneer and chemical products. Certain areas without provisions are covered in the AANZFTA.

  15. Malaysia-Turkey FTA (effective date: August 2015): The agreement eliminates and binds duties on 70% of the tariff lines. Malaysia and Turkey will progressively reduce or eliminate tariffs on a substantial number of products traded between both countries with expected duty-free imports by 2022.

  16. Japan-Malaysia Economic Partnership Agreement (effective date: July 2006): The agreement covers trade in industrial and agricultural goods, trade in services, investment, rules of origin, customs procedures, standards and conformance, intellectual property, competition policy, enhancement of business environment, safeguard measures and dispute settlement. The agreement will result in tariff elimination of about 97% of trade in goods between the two countries on a trade volume basis, which will considerably promote trade in agricultural, forestry and fishery products as well as industrial products between the two countries. The agreement has been somewhat superseded by the ASEAN-Japan FTA.

  17. Malaysia-Pakistan Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (effective date: January 2008): The agreement encompasses liberalisation in trade in goods and services, investment, as well as bilateral technical co-operation and capacity building in areas such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures, intellectual property protection, construction, tourism, healthcare and telecommunications.

Under Negotiation

  1. Malaysia-United States FTA: Malaysia and the United States are negotiating an FTA. Areas of particular interest to United States' exporters include a reduction of Malaysian trade barriers to automobiles and certain agricultural products, provisions for the enforcement of intellectual property rights and broader access to Malaysia's service sectors, such as financial services, telecommunications and professional services.

  2. Malaysia-EU FTA: Malaysia and the EU are negotiating an FTA. The EU is Malaysia's biggest palm oil market, importing MYR10 billion worth of palm products in 2016. Bilateral trade between the EU and Malaysia is dominated by industrial products. The EU mainly imports machinery and appliances and mainly exports electrical equipment and machinery (both ways industrial products account for more than 90% of trade). Other sectors of relevance in terms of EU imports from Malaysia are plastics, rubber, animal and vegetable fats and oils and, in terms of exports, mechanical products.

  3. Malaysia-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) FTA: Malaysia and the EFTA, consisting of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, are negotiating an FTA. Exports from EFTA states consist mainly of precious stones, machinery and pharmaceutical products. Imports from Malaysia consist mainly of cellular phones and electrical equipment.

  4. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): RCEP is a proposed FTA between the 10 member states of ASEAN and the six states with which ASEAN has existing FTAs (Australia, mainland China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand). The RCEP will cover trade in goods, trade in services, investment, economic and technical co-operation, intellectual property, competition, dispute settlement and other issues. Negotiations are progressing and the 16 member states met in November 2018, resolving to finalise the agreement in November 2019.

Sources: WTO Regional Trade Agreements database, Fitch Solutions

Investment Policy

Foreign Direct Investment

Graph: Malaysia FDI stock
 
Graph: Malaysia FDI stock
 
Graph: Malaysia FDI flow
 
Graph: Malaysia FDI flow
 

Source: UNCTAD

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Foreign Direct Investment Policy

  1. The Foreign Investment Committee (FIC)'s primary role is to review investments related to distributive trade (such as retail distributors) as a means of ensuring 30% of the equity in this economic segment is held by the bumiputera (ethnic Malays and other indigenous ethnicities in Malaysia).

  2. Foreign investment in services, whether in sectors with no foreign equity limits or controlled sub-sectors, remain subject to review and approval by ministries and agencies with jurisdiction over the relevant sectors. A key function of this review and approval process is to determine whether proposed investments meet the government's qualifications for the various incentives in place to promote economic development goals.
  3. The Malaysian government allows 100% foreign ownership across the following sectors: healthcare, retail, education as well as professional, environmental and courier services. Export-dependent Malaysia is keen to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and promote high-value manufacturing. Investment incentives, including corporate income tax exemption and tax allowance, are provided in industries such as advanced electronics, medical devices, bio-technologies and green technologies.

  4. Restrictions on foreign investment remain in fisheries, energy, telecommunications, finance and transport services, and foreign participation in public-private-partnership projects is limited to a ceiling of 25% of share capital.

  5. In the oil and gas sector, foreign participation tends to take the form of production sharing contracts (PSCs). Petroleum Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) regularly requires its PSC partners to work with Malaysian firms for many tenders. Non-Malaysian firms are permitted to participate in oil services in partnership with local firms and are restricted to a 49% equity stake if the foreign party is the principal shareholder. PETRONAS sets the terms of upstream projects with foreign participation on a case-by-case basis.

  6. There is no foreign equity restriction in the capital market except for a 70% cap on investment banks.

  7. In the telecommunications industry, there is a 70% cap on foreign capital for investments in network facilities providers and network service providers. Non-Malaysians are limited to 70% equity in shipping and logistics companies. These regulatory restrictions on FDI are at odds with the government's otherwise welcoming attitude to foreign investors.

  8. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Malaysia's central bankl allows a greater foreign ownership stake if the investment is determined to facilitate the consolidation of the financial industry. BNM currently allows foreign banks to open up to four new branches throughout Malaysia, subject to restrictions, which include designating where the branches can be set up (ie, in market centres, semi-urban areas and non-urban areas). The policies do not allow foreign banks to set up new branches within 1.5km of an existing local bank. BNM has also conditioned foreign banks' ability to offer certain services on commitments to undertake certain back office activities in Malaysia.

Sources: WTO – Trade Policy Review, ITA, US Department of Commerce, Fitch Solutions

Free Trade Zones and Investment Incentives

Free Trade Zone/Incentive Programme Main Incentives Available
Peninsular and East Malaysia, including Iskandar Malaysia, Northern Corridor Economic Region, East Coast Economic Region, Sabah Development Corridor and Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy
  • The Iskandar Malaysia zone in Johor is focused on attracting creative industries, educational sector groups, financial advisers and consultancies. In addition, healthcare services, tourism and logistics services are also offered inducements. These include 10-year exemptions from corporate tax, a royalty withholding tax exemption, freedom to source capital internationally, unrestricted foreign worker quotas and flexible foreign exchange rules.
  • The Iskandar zone is ideally located for foreign investors looking to expand into other ASEAN countries, including Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC)
 
  • MSC is a special zone between Kuala Lumpur City and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is focused on promoting Malaysia's IT and multimedia sectors.
  • Companies with MSC status receive world-class infrastructure, unrestricted quotas of foreign IT workers, unrestricted ownership of MSC companies, free capital and financial mobility, a 100% income tax exemption for profits from MSC activities, international-standard intellectual property protection, freedom from internet censorship, one-stop processing of regulatory approvals and protection under a series of well-developed cyber laws.

Sources: US Department of Commerce, Fitch Solutions

Taxation – 2019
  • Services Tax: 6%
  • Corporate Income Tax: 24%

Sources: Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Fitch Solutions

Important Updates to Taxation Information

  • The Malaysian tax authorities recently issued a practice note to state their position that payments for use of applications to create advertising campaigns constitute royalty under the domestic law.

  • In March 2018, Malaysia's tax agency announced that businesses can newly challenge late-payment penalties in respect of goods and services tax (GST) via the tax agency's online portal.

  • The GST is reduced from 6% to 0% with effect from June 1, 2018. A services tax of 6% has replaced the outgoing GST as of September 1, 2018.

Business Taxes

Type of Tax Tax Rate and Base
Corporate Income Tax 24%; Firms carrying on upstream oil and gas activities under a production-sharing contract are taxed at a rate of 38%.
Branch Tax Rate 24%; No tax is withheld on transfer of profits to a foreign head office.
Real Property Gains Tax 30% for a holding period of up to three years from the date of acquisition on gains derived from disposals of real property or shares in real property companies.
Social security contributions for labour 12% of employer contribution if the employee's monthly wages are above MYR5,000 per month or 13% if the employee's monthly wages are below MYR5,000 per month. Employees' contribution rate is fixed at 11% of monthly wages – regardless of income level.
Withholding Tax Interest: 15%

Dividends: None

Royalties: 10%
 

Sources: Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Fitch Solutions

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Foreign Worker Requirements

Localisation Requirements

The employment of foreign nationals is not encouraged in Malaysia with the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020) aiming to limit the ratio of foreign labour at not more than 15% of total labour. Registered local job seekers are given priority over foreigners in filling job vacancies in the country. Companies are granted a preapproved quota for the number of workers to be imported to Malaysia under the outsourcing licence. The price could range from MYR800 to MYR1,800 per year, on top of the levy, insurance, medical examination and cost of a banker's guarantee which significantly add to high overheads, particularly for small businesses. Employers seeking to employ foreign workers must notify the Department of Labour of vacancies by registering at Jobs Malaysia to ensure registered local job seekers are given priority. Foreign workers are employed for a period of 10 years in five permissible sectors (manufacturing, agriculture, plantation, construction and services) and, depending on the categorisation of their employment pass, they may or may not marry or bring their family members, dependants and foreign aides into Malaysia.

Obtaining Foreign Worker Permits for Skilled Workers

The entry of foreign nationals in Malaysia is governed by the Immigration Act of 1963 which also determines the types of employment passes that can be applied for by those aspiring to work in the country. Three types of permits are generally issued by Malaysian authorities which depend on the duration of contract of employment, position to be filled and minimum/maximum salary. They include the employment pass, the temporary employment pass and the professional visit pass permits. Foreign workers who wish to be employed by a company within Malaysia will have to have their application reviewed by the relevant government agencies, such as the Ministry of Manpower. The application for foreign workers by employers is, however, made easier in that it can be done at the One-Stop Centre at the Foreign Workers Management Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs where various government agencies (departments and ministries) process the application for recruitment of foreign workers under one roof.

Visa/Travel Restrictions

Visa free access for citizens of North Korea has been dropped as of March 6, 2017. Nationals of other countries are allowed to enter Malaysia for a maximum stay not exceeding a specified period of days, weeks or months (depending on country of origin). Generally, no visa is required for the Commonwealth countries.

Sources: Government websites, Fitch Solutions

Risks

Sovereign Credit Ratings


 
Rating (Outlook) Rating Date
Moody's
 
A3 (stable) 07/12/2018
Standard & Poor's A- (stable) 29/06/2018
Fitch Ratings A- (stable) 22/02/2019

Sources: Moody's, Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings

Competitiveness and Efficiency Indicators


 
World Ranking
 
2017 2018 2019
Ease of Doing Business Index
 
23/190
 
24/190
 
15/190
Ease of Paying Taxes Index
 
61/190 73/190 72/190
Logistics Performance Index
 
N/A 41/160 N/A
Corruption Perception Index
 
62/180 61/180 N/A
IMD World Competitiveness 24/63 22/63
 
N/A

Sources: World Bank, IMD, Transparency International

Fitch Solutions Risk Indices


 
World Ranking
2017 2018 2019
Economic Risk Index
 
N/A 27/202
 
25/202
Short-Term Economic Risk Score
 
74.2 73.1
 
73.1
Long-Term Economic Risk Score 73.8 73 74.4
Political Risk Index N/A 86/202 86/202
Short-Term Political Risk Score 75.6 72.5
 
72.5
Long-Term Political Risk Score 69.5 65.2
 
65.2
Operational Risk Index N/A 33/201 33/201
Operational Risk Score 67.2
 
67.8
 
68.4

Source: Fitch Solutions

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Fitch Solutions Risk Summary

ECONOMIC RISK

Fiscal concerns remain the biggest risk factor to Malaysia's generally positive economic outlook in the next decade. It remains to be seen if the country will be able to attract sufficient private sector interest to bear most of the development costs of the Economic Transformation Programme.

OPERATIONAL RISK

Malaysia boasts one of the most efficient, developed and well-connected logistics networks in the world, which is a result of the country's integral role in regional and global supply chains. The large, young, healthy and urbanised nature of the Malaysian labour force means that there is a wide pool of available workers from which businesses in the country can recruit. A key threat stems from the activities of Islamist militant groups in neighbouring countries which has the potential to spill across the border. Some attacks in eastern Malaysia have already put foreigners and businesses in danger.

Source: Fitch Solutions

Date last reviewed: April 30, 2019

Fitch Solutions Political and Economic Risk Indices

Graph: Malaysia short term political risk index
 
Graph: Malaysia short term political risk index
 
Graph: Malaysia long term political risk index
 
Graph: Malaysia long term political risk index
 
Graph: Malaysia short term economic risk index
 
Graph: Malaysia short term economic risk index
 
Graph: Malaysia long term economic risk index
 
Graph: Malaysia long term economic risk index
 

100 = Lowest risk, 0 = Highest risk

Source: Fitch Solutions Political and Economic Risk Indices

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Fitch Solutions Operational Risk Index


 
Operational Risk Labour Market Risk Trade and Investment Risk Logistics Risk Crime and Security Risk
Malaysia Score 68.4 63.9 73.6 75.8 60.5
East and Southeast Asia average 55.2 55.9 56.7 53.8 54.4
East and Southeast Asia position (out of 18) 5 5
 
4 3 7
 
Asia average 48.5 49.7 48.2 46.0 50.1
Asia position (out of 35) 5 5
 
4 3 10
Global average 49.7 50.3 49.8
 
49.0 49.8
Global Position (out of 201) 33 25
 
19 20 63
 

100 = Lowest risk, 0 = Highest risk

Source: Fitch Solutions Operational Risk Index

Graph: Malaysia vs global and regional averages
 
Graph: Malaysia vs global and regional averages
 
Country
 
Operational Risk
 
Labour Market Risk Trade and Investment Risk Logistics Risk Crime and Security Risk
 
Singapore 82.9 78.2
 
88.6
 
75.0
 
89.7
Hong Kong 81.9 72.3
 
88.8
 
77.1
 
89.5
 
Taiwan 73.6 65.5
 
76.2
 
73.4
 
79.2
 
South Korea 72.5 65.9
 
71.4
 
79.8
 
73.1
 
Malaysia 68.4 63.9
 
73.6
 
75.8
 
60.5
 
Macao 62.1 61.7
 
66.5
 
52.1
 
68.0
 
Brunei 62.0 61.6
 
60.7
 
55.1
 
70.6
 
Thailand 59.1
 
55.7
 
67.2
 
68.5
 
45.2
 
Mainland China 58.1 53.8
 
57.7
 
66.2
 
54.4
 
Indonesia 53.2 54.4
 
53.3
 
56.8
 
48.4
 
Vietnam 52.8 47.8
 
56.6
 
55.6 51.3
Mongolia 51.2 56.0
 
53.8
 
40.9
 
54.1
 
Philippines 45.4 57.1
 
50.7
 
42.5
 
31.3
 
Cambodia 41.3 44.5
 
43.7
 
37.6
 
39.5
 
Laos 36.5 40.6
 
34.5
 
34.1
 
36.7
 
Myanmar 32.7 43.9
 
31.9
 
30.0
 
24.9
 
North Korea 30.9 45.8
 
18.5 28.8
 
30.8
 
Timor-Leste 29.4 37.9
 
27.8
 
19.6
 
32.5
 
Regional Averages 55.2 55.9 56.7 53.8 54.4
Emerging Markets Averages 46 48.1 46.5 44.7 44.8
Global Markets Averages 49.7 50.3 49.8
 
49.0
 
49.8

100 = Lowest risk, 0 = Highest risk

Source: Fitch Solutions Operational Risk Index

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Hong Kong Connection

Hong Kong’s Trade with Malaysia

Graph: Major export commodities to Malaysia (2018)
 
Graph: Major export commodities to Malaysia (2018)
 
Graph: Major import commodities from Malaysia (2017)
 
Graph: Major import commodities from Malaysia (2017)
 

Note: Graph shows the main Hong Kong exports to/imports from Malaysia (by consignment)

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Graph: Merchandise exports to Malaysia
 
Graph: Merchandise exports to Malaysia
 
Graph: Merchandise imports from Malaysia
 
Graph: Merchandise imports from Malaysia
 

Note: Graph shows Hong Kong exports to/imports from Malaysia (by consignment)

Exchange Rate HK$/US$, average

7.75 (2014)

7.75 (2015)

7.76 (2016)

7.79 (2017)

7.83 (2018)

Sources: Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, Fitch Solutions

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

 
Graph: Merchandise imports, Poland
 

 
2017
 
Growth rate (%)
 
Number of Malaysia residents visiting Hong Kong 516,701
 
-3.5
 
Number of Malaysians residing in Hong Kong 15,511
 
1.6

Sources: Hong Kong Tourism Board, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - Population Division


 
2017
 
Growth rate (%)
Number of Asia Pacific residents visiting Hong Kong 54,482,538
 
3.5
Number of East Asians and South Asians residing in Hong Kong 2,784,190
 
1.6
 

Sources: Hong Kong Tourism Board, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - Population Division

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

Commercial Presence in Hong Kong


 
2017
 
Growth rate (%)
 
Number of Malaysian companies in Hong Kong N/A
 
N/A
- Regional headquarters N/A N/A
- Regional offices N/A N/A
- Local offices 52 36.8

Source: Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department

Treaties and agreements between Hong Kong and Malaysia

Malaysia has a bilateral investment treaty with mainland China/Hong Kong that entered into force in 1990.

Source: UNCTAD

Chamber of Commerce or Related Organisations
 

The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong and Macau)

Address: Unit 1103, 11/F, Malaysia Building, 50 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Email: admin@mcckm.com

Tel: (852) 2997 8668

Fax: (852) 2997 8568

Source: The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong and Macau)

The Hong Kong-Malaysia Business Association

Email: je.hoh@hktdc.org

Tel: (60) 3 2381 1061

Website: www.hkm-businessassociation.org

Please click to view more information.

Source: Federation of Hong Kong Business Assocations Worldwide

Malaysia Consulate in Hong Kong

Address: 24/F, Malaysia Building, 47-50 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Email: mwhongkong@kln.gov.my

Tel: (852) 2821 0800

Fax: (852) 2865 1628

Source: Malaysia Consulate in Hong Kong

 

Visa Requirements for Hong Kong Residents

Visa upon arrival valid for one month.

Source: Immigration Department, Government of Hong Kong

Date last reviewed: May 2, 2019

 

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