We have been doing business in Malaysia since 2012 and sharing difficulties and benefits from practical knowledge.
Doing business: Almost 7 steps to meet full requirement of starting a business in Malaysia, they are:
Company registration Malaysia
Sign Board and Premise
Local counsel office
SOCSO and EPF
PERTUBUHAN KESELAMATAN SOSIAL MALAYSIA
Disadvantage: Company registration with ESD takes
It’s a psychology problem by government officers for those countries considering labor country! Businessmen from those countries have to face unnecessary problem doing business in Malaysia.
Cost and time
Sign Board and Premise
10 -15 days
RM 6000 applicant
Ringgit 350,000 or, above
Ringgit 500,000-1 million or above
Manpower Hire (local and foreign import)
Hiring local staff (s) is not a problem as law. But pick the right one is challenging. For foreign staff hire is not allowed unless company is permitted by government.
The process of hiring foreign staffs are 1) company incorporation 2) sign board and premise 3) WRT 4) ESD registration
Problems: JobStreet is a popular job advertisement site in Malaysia. Cost around Ringgit 500 for each posting, valid 1 month. Hiring local Malaysian and Indian Malay sometimes be careful so that do not take opportunity.
Advantage: Salary structure of staffs are not expensive.
Place of office/ factory
Yes, search the right place to setup factory and/ or office considering convenience of staffs and raw materials. Rental cost vary area to area. If the place is convenience of staffs like MRT, LRT and easy public transport bring comfortable and satisfactory.
Advantage: If the office/ factory is situated in convenience location is right choice.
Disadvantage: Transport cost might be higher is office/ factory is not well located.
Cost of doing business
As employer bear fixed cost, operational and variable cost. Ensure office location where supporting materials, raw goods, transport
Let office rent Ringgit 2000 (500-600
Advantage: Being available of transport, manpower, electricity etc doing business in Malaysia is easier than other country.
Disadvantage: Skill staffs might have chance to switch the job any time as regular practice.
All banks are not friendly with foreign employers, so select right bank to engage. Bank loan is easier who is eligible (huge investment, doing business more than 3 years successfully, directors have employment pass etc).
Advantage: Banking with some international banks are better than local banks.
Disadvantage: Loan facilities from international banks are not easier. Besides, if shareholder of company is at least 1 (one) local feel comfortable by bank.
Tax, accounting and return submission