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Malaysia Facts & Figures

Aerial View of Kuala Lumpur

Facts & Figures


30,073,353 (July 2014 est.)

Gross Domestic Product PPP (GDP)

US$525 billion (2013 est.)

GDP Per Capita

US$17,500 (2013 est.)

Inflation Rate

2.2% (2013 est.)


Ringgit (MYR)

Exchange Rate Versus U.S. Dollar

3.58 ringgits per U.S. dollar (Feb. 10, 2015)


Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai


Kuala Lumpur

Population of Capital City

7.2 million (metropolitan area)

Time Zone

GMT plus 8


Equatorial tropical: very warm, wet season year-round

International Dialing Code



220 to 240V / 50 Hz: Plug Type: A C G M

System of Government

Constitutional Monarchy

Current Leader

Prime Minister Najib Razak (since April 3, 2009)

Income Tax Rate for Residents

0% to 26%

Property Tax

6% of assessed value

Capital Gains Tax

No, but real property gains tax is between 5% to 10%

Inheritance Tax


Rental Income Tax

22% to 28%

Transfer Tax

1% to 3%

Sales Tax

5% to 10%; service tax of 6%

Restrictions on Foreign 
Ownership of Property

Nonresidents are free to purchase residential and commercial

Local Chamber of Commerce

Level 3, West Wing,
Jalan Khidmat Usaha, Off Jalan Duta,
50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603-6204 9811    Fax: 603-6204 9711
Email: enquiry@nccim.org.my

American Chamber of Commerce

Suite 6-1A, Level 6
Menara CIMB
Jalan Stesen Sentral 2
KL Sentral
Kuala Lumpur 50470 Malaysia

Tel: 603-2283-3407
Fax: 603-2282-8540

Primary Exports

Semiconductors and electronic equipment, petroleum, liquefied natural gas, wood, wood products, palm oil, rubber, textiles, chemicals, solar panels

Residency and Visa Requirements

Tourist Visa: 90 days upon entry

Residency: employment, dependent, student, and visit Passes; Malaysia My Second Home program grants five-year renewable visas with privileges; permanent residency requires five years of continuous living within the country

Citizenship: 12 years of residency, renouncement of foreign citizenship, and adequate understanding of Malay language

Special Benefits for Foreign Residents or Retirees

Malaysia My Second Home Program: granted five-year visa, to which a permanent visa can be applied for afterwards. Tax-free imports of home goods, tax-free import or purchase of an automobile, no income tax on pension or other overseas income

National Airline

Malaysia Airlines

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