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The Middle Class Consumer Markets in ASEAN: Hong Kong Opportunities (Executive Summary)

14 Nov 2017

This report examines the consumer markets in five ASEAN countries – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. It starts by providing an overview of ASEAN and findings of a survey of ...Read More

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MALAYSIA: Relaxation of Regulatory Regime Said to Offer Easier Access to Bond Markets

8 Nov 2017

The regulations governing the issue of bonds in Malaysia are to be relaxed as of early 2018, with more liberal disclosure requirements set to be introduced at the same time. The changes, introduced by...Read More

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Malaysia: Market Profile

3 Nov 2017

Malaysia’s economy expanded by 4.2% in 2016, slowing from 5% in 2015. The IMF expects GDP growth at around 4.5% in 2017....Read More

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MALAYSIA: 2018 Budget Focuses on Investment Incentives and Income Tax Cuts

2 Nov 2017

The minimum level of venture capital investment in a start-up business is to be cut from 70% to 50% for the period 2018-2022. The change is one of a number detailed under the terms of the country’s 20...Read More

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Malaysia Bids to be ASEAN Corporate Gifts Creation and Production Hub

13 Oct 2017

With corporate gift-giving once again resurgent, exhibitors at this year's Malaysia Gifts Fair were confident that the country could carve a niche for itself at the very heart of this rapidly expandin...Read More

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MALAYSIA: Overseas E-Commerce Companies to be Taxed on Malaysian Transactions

25 Sept 2017

Malaysia-based transactions by overseas digital service providers, including e-commerce operators, will become taxable once proposed amendments to the country’s relevant tax laws are enacted....Read More

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Business Opportunities for Hong Kong in ASEAN Infrastructure Development (Executive Summary)

19 Sept 2017

Some US$210 billion a year will be needed for infrastructure development in ASEAN from 2016 to 2030. Hong Kong and its infrastructure and real estate services companies are well-positioned to particip...Read More

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Chinese Investment in Malaysia Soars in Bid to Deliver BRI Goals

18 Sept 2017

With a 2016 investment surge of 119%, Malaysia is one of the key beneficiaries of China's Belt and Road funding....Read More

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Malaysian Infrastructure Upgrade Set to Boost BRI and Digital Economy

4 Sept 2017

Major hydropower and roadway investments chime well with the overall objectives of the Belt and Road Initiative....Read More

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MALAYSIA: New Tax Incentives Announced for Northern Coastal Corridor Investors

24 Aug 2017

Income tax allowance on qualifying capital expenditure (CAPEX) and duty exemption on imports of machinery is now on offer to investors in Malaysia’s Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), which str...Read More

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MALAYSIA: Rubberwood Exports Banned in Bid to Boost Domestic Furniture Sector

5 July 2017

A ban on all exports of rubberwood – a light-coloured hardwood obtained from the Pará rubber tree – has been imposed as of 1 July....Read More

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Belt and Road: Development of China’s Overseas Economic and Trade Co-operation Zones (4)

29 June 2017

Part of a joint research initiative by HKTDC Research and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, this study provides an overview of the performance of China’s Overseas Economic and Trade Co-operatio...Read More

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MALAYSIA: Tax Evading Expats Face Entry / Exit Ban as of 1 July

21 June 2017

Any overseas worker who fails to pay their due tax liabilities will be barred from entering Malaysia or, if still resident, from leaving. As of 1 July, this ruling will apply equally to those discover...Read More

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MALAYSIA: Online Retailers Given 30 Days to Register Trading Status

1 June 2017

Businesses that trade online are now obliged to register with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM), the country’s corporate regulator....Read More

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Malaysia Looks to SEZs to Rebalance National Economic Growth

19 May 2017

Belt and Road investment priorities and need to boost northern states fuels expansion of Special Economic Zones....Read More

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MALAYSIA: Sarawak Imposes 6,000% Tax Hike to Protect Hill Timber

16 May 2017

The government of Sarawak state is to increase the tax on hill timber by more than sixty times, taking it from a maximum of RM0.80 (US$0.18) to RM50 (US$11.5) per cubic metre. The new rate will apply ...Read More

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Prospects for the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park and Kuantan Port

16 May 2017

In line with the Belt and Road Initiative, trade cooperation between Malaysia and China has been strengthened by the countries jointly establishing two industrial parks – one in Kuantan in Malaysia, t...Read More

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MALAYSIA: Compulsory Transhipment Ended for Goods Bound for Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan

8 May 2017

Sea freight to and from the states of Sarawak, Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan will no longer be required to be transhipped at the Port of Klang....Read More

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Malaysia Looks to Digital Sector as Electronics Demand Declines

25 April 2017

With its electronics sector suffering from falling investment and growing competition, Malaysia sees digital infrastructure as the likely key its future economic success, with plans in place to launch...Read More

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Economic Shifts See LBFC Embrace Midshore Role and Sharia Finance

11 April 2017

Labuan, Malaysia's only offshore financial hub, has transformed itself as it looks to take on a lead role across SE Asia....Read More

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