Setting up a representative office
in Malaysia.

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.

What is a representative office?

A representative office (RO) is a non-trading entity that allows foreign-based companies to have a presence in Malaysia together with their expatriates to explore business opportunities within the country for those who are new to the country.

It is an extended office of a foreign company approved to gather relevant information on investment opportunities in the country, especially in the manufacturing and services sector, to enhance mutual trade relations, to promote the export of Malaysian goods and services and to carry out research and development (R&D). It grants foreign companies a period of 2-5 years to see if Malaysia is the right place for them to stay and to start their business. The approval for the duration of an establishment of the representative office depends on the merit of each case and there will be no tax to be imposed onto representative office.

Permitted activities by the representative office.

Advantages and disadvantages of setting up a representative office.



Required documents for setting up a representative office.

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