EENI-Business School

Doing Business in Malaysia

Syllabus of the Subject: Doing Business in Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur.

  1. Introduction to Malaysia (Southeast Asia)
  2. Malaysian Political System
  3. Ethnic Groups. Bahasa Malayu
  4. Infrastructure in Malaysia
  5. Government policies
  6. Doing Business in Kuala Lumpur
  7. Malaysian Economy
  8. International Trade of Malaysia
  9. Business Environment
  10. Key sectors in Malaysia:
    1. Metal
    2. Electrical and electronics
    3. Engineering
    4. Food industry
    5. Machinery and equipment
    6. Medical devices
    7. Petrochemical and polymer
    8. Pharmaceuticals
    9. Rubber
    10. Malaysian Textiles
    11. Wood
  11. Case Study:
    1. Telekom Malaysia Berhad
    2. PADINI
    3. Tan Sri Mokhtar
  12. Access to the Malaysian Market
  13. Business Plan for Malaysia

The objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Malaysia” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Malaysian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Malaysia
  3. To explore Malaysia's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know Malaysia's Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Malaysian Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Malaysian Market
The Subject “Doing Business in Malaysia” is part of the following programs:
  1. Doctorates: Islamic Countries, Asia
  2. Diploma: ASEAN Markets
  3. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Asia, Pacific, Muslims Countries, Emerging Markets

Course learning materials in English or Spanish Malasia French Malaisie.

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Malaysia”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

Doctorate and Master in International Business for the Malaysian Students


Sample of the subject - Doing Business in Malaysia:
Tan Sri Mokhtar Malaysian Businessman

Najib Yahya Abdulalem (EENI Professor in Malaysia)

Description of the Subject: Doing Business in Malaysia.


  1. 50% of the population of Malaysia are Malays. 22% are Chinese
  2. The Malays originated from the Malayo-Polynesian Group of race.
  3. The official language in Malaysia is Bahasa Malayu. English is recognised
  4. Malaysian Population: 30.8 millions of people
  5. Area: 329,847 square kilometres
  6. Capital: Kuala Lumpur
  7. Administrative capital: Putrajaya
  8. Borders of Malaysia: Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam
  9. Type of Government: Federal Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  10. Yang di-Pertuan of Malaysia: Agong Abdul Halim
  11. Malaysian independence: 1957 (the United Kingdom)

Main religion in Malaysia: Sunni Islam (18 million, 63% of the population).

  1. Islam is the official religion of Malaysia
  2. Unifying factors among the Malays then and now is the religion of Islam
  3. In Malaysia, nearly all the Malays are Muslims
  4. Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence): Shafi
  5. Other religions: Buddhism (20%), Christianity (9%), Hinduism (6%), Confucianism, and Taoism

Malaysia belongs to the Islamic Civilisation.

Kuala Lumpur, and its surrounding urban areas, form the most industrialised and economically, the fastest growing region in Malaysia.

  1. The Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 7.2 million people
  2. Kuala Lumpur is poised to become the Global Islamic Financing hub with an increasing number of financial institutions providing Islamic Financing

Malaysian Economy.

From a nation dependent on agriculture and primary commodities in the 60´s, Malaysia has become an export-driven economy speed up on by high-technology, knowledge-based and capital-intensive industries.

  1. The Malaysian Government policies that sustain a business environment with opportunities for growth and profits have made Malaysia an attractive manufacturing and international trade base in the region
  2. The private sector in Malaysia has become partners with the public sector in achieving the development objectives
  3. The Malaysian Industrial Development Authority is the first point of contact for foreign investors who intend to set up projects in the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia
  4. Malaysia offers the world it's Multimedia Super-corridor which brings together a legislative framework and a next-generation of telecommunications infrastructure in eco-friendly surroundings to create the best environment for the development of multimedia industries
  5. Malaysian currency: The Ringgit (RM) (MYR)

Telekom Malaysia Berhad is the leading integrated information and communications group in Malaysia, offers an exhaustive range of communication services and solutions in broadband, data, and fixed-line. As a market leader in the broadband and fixed-line companies, Telekom Malaysia Berhad is driven to deliver value to its stakeholders in a highly competitive environment.

Padini began as a back-end operation in the apparel industry, manufacturing, international trade, and supplying garments in Malaysia to order for retailers and distributors. It has entered the new millennium as a major force in Malaysia's multibillion textile and garment industry, a brand leader implicated in the distribution and retail of its fashion labels through 190 freestanding stores, franchise, and consignment counters.

Malaysian Foreign Trade.

  1. Exports of Malaysia contracted 14.9% to RM46.09 billion
  2. Total  Malaysian foreign trade: RM80.51 billion, a decrease of 18.6% from a year ago.
  3. The Port Klang is on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, 40 kilometres from the capital Kuala Lumpur. Its proximity to the greater Klang Valley - The commercial and industrial hub of Malaysia as well as Malaysia's most populous region guarantees that the port plays a pivotal position in the economic development of Malaysia

ASEAN-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Malaysia's Market Access and Free Trade Agreements.

  1. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  2. Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
  3. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
  4. Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)
  5. Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP)
  6. Trade Preferential System among the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (TPS-OIC)
  7. East ASEAN Growth Area
  8. ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (FTA)
  9. EU-Malaysia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (negotiation)
  10. Malaysia has Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with Japan, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Jordan

Malaysia Key Economic Sectors

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Malaysia is a member of:

  1. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
  2. Islamic Development Bank
  3. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  4. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Samples - Business in Malaysia

Malaysian Foreign Trade

Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)

Doing Business in Malaysia

Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC

Indian-Ocean Rim Association IORA

Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP)

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Trade Preferential System TPS Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

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