Doing Business In Malaysia

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The Country at a Glance

Full name

Federation of Malaysia


Kuala Lumpur

Administrative capital



329,847sq km


28.4 million


Ethnic Malays (66 per cent), Chinese (25 per cent), Indians (8 per cent), others (1 per cent)

Major languages

Bahasa Malaysia (official language), English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam

Life expectancy

72 years (men), 77 years (women)

Major religions

Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism

Labour force

11,561 million


364,000 (3.1 per cent)

Monetary unit

Ringgit Malaysia (MYR)

Stock markets

Bursa Malaysia (previously known as the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange)

Value of exports

MYR553,295 million

Export commodities

Electronic equipment, petroleum and liquefied natural gas, chemicals, palm oil, wood and wood products, rubber, textiles

Value of imports

MYR438,015 million (Jan-Oct 2010)

Value of major import products

(Jan-Nov 2010) Machinery and transport equipment (MYR239.0 billion or 49.6 per cent of total imports); Manufactured goods and articles (MYR88.5 billion or 18.4 per cent of total imports); Mineral fuels, lubricants, etc (MYR47.6 billion or 9.9 per cent of total imports); Chemicals (MYR44.0 billion or 9.1 per cent of total imports); and Food (MYR27.4 billion or 5.7 per cent of total imports).

Member of

The Commonwealth, the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) and the Organisation of The Islamic Conference (OIC).

Source - UKTI


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