Company registration in Malaysia.

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Company registration in Malaysia

Incorporating a company in Malaysia.

All businesses needs to be registered with the Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM), also known as the Companies Commission of Malaysia. Business includes every form of trade, commerce, craftsmanship, calling, profession or other activity carried on for the purposes of gain, but does not include any office or employment or any charitable undertaking or any occupation specified in the schedule under the provisions of the Business Registration Act 1956 (ROBA 1956). Business that may be registered under the ROBA 1956 is a business operating in West Malaysia which includes Peninsular Malaysia and the Federal Territory.

7 days

Average processing time to register a new limited company

Business structures in Malaysia.

You may choose from the following options when starting a new business in Malaysia:

Offshore company.

A structure that excludes conduct of business in its country of incorporation and can be set up to enjoys low tax rates.

Private limited company.

A limited company is a structure where the shareholder’s liability is limited by the company’s shares. It can be held both privately or publicly as a listed company.

Representative office.

A representative office is an entity that is ideal for foreign companies seeking to study the market in Malaysia for research and business development purposes.

100% foreign ownership.

As a general rule, foreigners are allowed to own 100% of a company registered in Malaysia. In certain cases, however, such as operating in education, banking and finance, agriculture or tourism industries, companies face stricter rules and require local Malay co-ownership (at least 30% of the capital) and other requirements may apply, such as higher minimum paid up capital and WRT license. There are two ways to register a foreign-owned company in Malaysia:

  • Incorporate a local company with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM)
  • Register an existing foreign entity in Malaysia with SSM

Registration process.

1. Conduct a name search

The first step to registering a new company in Malaysia is conducting a name search. Its purpose is to determine whether the proposed company name is available.

2. Drafting and submission of registration documents

Registration documents (see below) must be prepared and submitted to SSM no later than one month after receiving the approval for the proposed company name. Failing to meet this window will result in having to go back to the previous step and conduct a new name search.

3. Receiving certificate of registration

A successful submission ends with receiving a certificate of registration issued by SSM. The company is then ready to operate.

Required documents.

You will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Copy of ID (NRIC for Malaysian, passport for foreigners)
  • Proof of residential address
  • Certified copy of the certificate of registration or incorporation of the foreign company
  • Certified copy of the foreign company’s stature, charter and articles of association

Why register your company with Acclime.

10+ years of experience

Having been in this industry for more than 10 years, we understand your needs and we are well-versed with the crucial proceedings to help you get started on the right track.

Tax efficiency & compliance

We will ensure that your new business setup is not only compliant with the local rules and regulations, but also tax-efficient .

Dependable advice

At the beginning, we can offer you a helping hand in determining the right structure for your business.
Ready to get started?

Request a quote now to take the next step towards starting your new business.

Not sure where to begin?

Get a free 30-minute consultation on starting and operating your company in Malaysia.

Jessica Leong, Regional business development manager

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