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  • 12th

    rank on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index (2013).

  • 50%

    of the world’s examination and surgical gloves are made here.

  • 66%

    internet penetration in 2012.

Southeast Asia’s second wealthiest country after Singapore, Malaysia has high-quality infrastructure, plentiful resources and a strong technology production sector. The country offers a range of strong incentives to entire expatriates and retirees, but also suffers from an ongoing “brain drain” as skilled workers from its ethnic minority communities seek opportunities elsewhere.
Quick Facts

  • Population: 29.2 million
  • GDP: $305 billion
  • GDP growth: 4.7%

Pros / Cons

  • + Strong education and English skills
  • + Open economy and pro-business government
  • + High-quality infrastructure
  • – Oil & gas-dependent economy
  • – Public sector inefficiencies
  • – Ethnic politics
Top Exports

  • Electrical and electronic equipment
  • Mineral fuels and oils
  • Machinery
  • Vegetable fats and oils
  • Rubber and rubber products
  • Optical and photo equipment



EU and ASEAN to resume negotiations on a bilateral FTA

March 22nd, 2017 by bdg-asia

Ten years ago, the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) started the talks for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two sides. However, two years later, the talks were discontinued as the EU instead …


ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

March 3rd, 2017 by bdg-asia

As a kick-off for the 50th anniversary of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the organizations´ Foreign Ministers´ Retreat has been held on Boracay Island in the Philippines.Since its foundation in 1967, ASEAN´s scope has developed way beyond the initial …


Malaysia gets serious about waste management

August 26th, 2016 by lilianm

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” – the government´s “Three R´s” campaign promoting waste recycling is familiar to most Malaysians. Yet, progress has been painstakingly slow. In 2015 segregated waste collected in all Malaysian states amounted to just 15 percent of solid waste …


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