Greater Kuala Lumpur, The Regional Headquarters Location For Multinational Companies In Asia

Top reasons why you should invest in Greater Kuala Lumpur

  • 01 Strategic

    Strategic Location

    • Central Location with Global Connectivity
      Located at the heart of ASEAN, Greater Kuala Lumpur’s strategic location delivers immense connectivity with emerging markets in Asia, making it the perfect regional location to grow business strategically within the region.
    • 6 - 8 Hour Flight Radius to Asia’s Key Business Centres
      Major business centres in Asia such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul are reachable from Greater Kuala Lumpur within a couple of hours.
    • Benefit from Malaysia's Strong Ties and Trade Links
      In 2016, Malaysia recorded RM1.49 trillion in trade, counting South Korea, China, ASEAN, the EU and the UAE as some of its largest trading partners.

      Malaysia participates in global and regional trade agreements including Free Trade Agreements, Double Taxation Agreements and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Malaysia established FTAs with:

      • Japan
      • New Zealand
      • India
      • Chile
      • Australia
      • China
      • South Korea
  • 02 Business

    Business Friendly

      Malaysia’s business friendly policies and attractive fiscal packages initiated by the government have made Malaysia as one of the easiest place to commence business globally.
    • Ease of Doing Business
      In World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2019, Malaysia ranked 2nd in ASEAN and ranked 15th out of 190 countries.
  • 03 Political

    Political Stability

    • Stable Government
      Malaysia celebrated 60 years' anniversary of independence and continues to enjoy a politically stable environment led by a democratic government.
    • Accommodative Policies
      Through political stability, Malaysia's government policies such as liberal equity policy, employment of expatriate and tax incentives provide an investor-friendly business environment.
  • 04 Incentives


    • Broad-based Measures
      Organisations coming to Greater KL can take advantage of incentives provided by the Malaysian government to encourage private sector and foreign investors' participation in the economy. This range from grants, funds, tax incentives to expatriate employment incentives.
    • Specific Incentives
      Existing tax incentives such as Principal Hub allows multinationals (MNCs) to enjoy fiscal and non-fiscal benefits. There are also available tax incentives including but not limited to:

      • Biotechnology
      • Halal Business
        Halal Business
      • Manufacturing
      • Services
      • Agriculture
      • Information Technology (IT)
        Information Technology (IT)
      • Financial Services
        Financial Services
  • 05 Infrastructure


    • Transportation Infrastructure
      Extensive rail network such as Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (targeted completion by 2031), Mass Rapid Transit/Light Transit, MRL East Coast Rail Link (targeted completion by 2028), world class airport (KLIA) and world's 12th busiest sea port (Port Klang) provide great connectivity between Greater Kuala Lumpur and the rest of the region and the world.
    • Telecommunications Infrastructure
      Malaysia is equipped with advanced telecommunications infrastructure including movile, Wi-Fi, and high-speed broadband services where Malaysia has recorded an average connection speed of 8.9 megabits per second (Akamai Report 2017).
  • 06 Availability
    of Talent

    Availability of Talent

    • Educated Workforce
      Malaysia produces an average of 200,000 fresh graduates annually and 33% of these young talent would move to Greater Kuala Lumpur upon graduation for better career opportunities.
    • Proficiency in Multilanguage
      In EF English Proficiency Index 2018, Malaysia ranked 3rd in most English proficient country in ASEAN. Moreover, as Malaysians hail from multicultural backgrounds and ethnicity, the talent are fluent not only in English and Malay (the national language), but other languages such as Mandarin, Tamil, and various dialects.
    • Productive Workforce
      In the Global Competitiveness Report 2019 by World Economic Forum, Malaysia ranked 6th out of 141 countries in terms of its pay-to-productivity ratio.
  • 07 Competitive
    Business Costs

    Competitive Business Costs

    • Lower Rental
      According to Knight Frank Research 2017, the average monthly rental for office space in the Kuala Lumpur city centre was only US$13.6 per square metre (US$/sqm) in the last quarter of 2017, compared with US$64.1/sqm in Singapore, US$35.9/sqm in Melbourne, US$209.8/sqm in Hong Kong, and US$44.6/sqm in Shanghai.
    • Competitive Salaries
      Average annual salaries of employees in the country remain competitive than that of its neighbours: Petroleum engineers at the manager level earning an average of around RM300,000 (US$71,412) a year compared to SG$250,000 (US$184,993) in Singapore and CNY400,000 (US$60,710) in China, while finance directors earn an average annual salary of RM420,000 (US$99,977), against up to HK$3 million (US$384,371) in Hong Kong and up to CNY2.5 million (US$379,437) in China.
    • Comparative Tax Rate
      In 2017, total corporate tax in Malaysia amounted to 24% compared to 30% in Australia, 30% in India, 23.4% in Japan, 30% in the Philippines, and 15% to 39% in the US.
  • 08 Robust Legal

    Robust Legal Framework

    • Established Judicial System
      Malaysia benefits from an established judicial system that provides robust legal protection for companies. Greater Kuala Lumpur is also home to the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration which provides settlement for trade, commerce, and investment disputes within the region.
    • Strong Investor Protection
      In World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2019, Malaysia ranked 2nd in protecting minority investors.
  • 09 Liveability


    • Availability of Housing and Amenities
      Greater KL’s lush and tropical setting makes it an inspiring place to live, work, and play. The scenic surrounds are complemented by an abundance of choice for housing and world-class facilities such as expatriates residential areas, healthcare/medical centres, international schools and shopping destination.
    • Ease of Getting Around
      Integrated public transport network such as Light Rail Transit (58km, Kelana Jaya-Sri Petaling- Putra Heights), Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Line 1 and Line 2 (Sg Buloh-Kajang/-Putrajaya,103 km), KTM Intercity (1,677 km, electrified and double-track rail) and ERL Line (57km,KL to KLIA at 160 km/h).
    • Affordable Living
      Kuala Lumpur is one of the world’s least expensive cities to live in. In the Mercer’s 2019 Cost of Living Survey, Kuala Lumpur ranked 141th out of 209 countries*.
      *ranked from most expensive city to least expensive city