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Despite three global downturns including the worst global recession in the post-war era, Malaysia’s economy has proven its financial resilience by being ranked 5th out of 58 economies ahead of China (10), Indonesia (14), Japan (42), the Philippines (18), Singapore (12), South Korea (15), Thailand (21), the UK (47) and the US (40).
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Solid foundations. Malaysia’s financial system is sound with over USD96.8 billion in net international reserves, ranked number 18th ahead of Australia (40), Canada (25), the European Central Bank, Indonesia (21), the Philippines (29), Sweden (30) and the United Arab Emirates (31).
Malaysia continues to maintain a foreign exchange administration policy that supports the flow of capital into and out of the country, while preserving its financial and economic stability.
Bank Negara Malaysia
Investors are free to repatriate any amount of own funds in Malaysia at any time, including capital, divestment proceeds, profits, dividends, rental, fees and interest arising from investments in Malaysia.
Bank Negara Malaysia
"Ringgit Malaysia", the country’s currency, is the fourth- best performer among 10 Asian currencies outside Japan, and it has risen 9.3 percent against the USD in 2010, the best performance amongst Asia’s most-traded currencies.
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Malaysia is the largest Islamic Banking and Financial Market with Islamic banking assets totalling over USD30 billion and Takaful assets amounting to over USD1.7 billion.
Malaysia is the largest Islamic private debt securities (IPDS) market, or “Sukuk”, worth over USD34 billion in domestic corporate bonds.
Malaysia has an active Islamic money market channelling over USD7 billion to USD10 billion monthly.
As an investment destination, the Malaysian capital market offers a wide range of world-class products. More than 85 percent of the companies listed on the Stock Exchange are Shariah compliant, representing about 60% of total market capitalisation.
Bank Negara Malaysia
Malaysia maintains a liberal foreign exchange administration where investors are free to obtain ringgit and foreign currencies to fund their investments.
Bank Negara Malaysia
Malaysia is ranked 4th in the world in terms of protecting investors, ahead of Australia (53), Brazil (70), China (88), Japan (15), the UK (9) and the US (5).
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Foreign source income is not taxable unless the corporation is carrying on a business in the banking, insurance, air transport or shipping sectors.
Islamic banking assets account for 18.8 per cent of Malaysia’s total banking assets while Takaful industry assets contribute 7.7 per cent of total insurance and Takaful industry assets.
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Bursa Malaysia ranked number 39 for 2009 in the Futures Industry Association's global list of top 53 derivatives exchanges measured by volume, up 0.3% on 2008's volume figure. The FIA list, published in early April 2010, reports that that the ADE's total volume for 2009 rose to 6.14 million from 2008's figure of 6.12 million.
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Serving the interest of consumers and investors alike are Islamic banks, investment banks, takaful companies, development financial institutions, savings institutions, fund management companies, stockbrokers and unit trusts in Malaysia.
Malaysia offers much potential for astute investors, scoring an A in the 2010 Ducroire-Delcredere Commercial Risk Chart (based on A representing lowest risk) and a 1 for Political Risk (1 representing the lowest risk).
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Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation) a unique organization established to direct and oversee MSC Malaysia, the national ICT development initiative, by advising the Malaysian Government on legislation and policies, developing industry-specific practices and setting the standards for multimedia and digital operations. MDEC is also responsible for promoting MSC Malaysia locally and globally, whilst providing strategic support to MSC Malaysia Status Companies.

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