World Capital Markets Symposium


About Malaysia


Area 329,847 sq. km. (127, 315 sq. mi.)
Capital Kuala Lumpur (Area: 2,793 sq km)
Timezone GMT +8
People Population 30.3 million (2014)
Ethnic Groups Bumiputra 67.4%, Chinese 24.6%, Indian 7.3%, others 0.7% (2010 census)
Language Bahasa Melayu (Official), English, Chinese (various dialects), Tamil and indigenous
Religions Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, others
Employment Labour Force 13.6 million (2014)
Unemployment Rate 3.0% (2014)
Economic Indicators  
GDP US$225.14 billion (2014) constant 2005 price
GDP Growth 6.0% (2014) constant 2005 price
GDP Per Capital US$10,426 (2014) current price
Inflation Rate 3.4% (2014)
Total Export (f.o.b) US$ 234.7 billion (2014)
Total Import (c.i.f) US$ 208.7 billion (2014)
Mobile Penetration Rate 148.5 per 100 population
Broadband Penetration Rate 70.2 per 100 household



Quick Notes on Malaysia

Strategically located in the heart of Asia, Malaysia has a long history as a trading nation. It has a modern, open economy, welcomes foreign investment and has forged close trade and investment ties with its traditional trading partners, such as members of ASEAN, the US, UK, Japan and over the last two decades, the Middle East, China and India. Malaysia is also a gateway to ASEAN, offering easy access to the ten-country geo-economic alliance with a total population of 600 million and a combined GDP of US$2.4 trillion (in 2013). Its location on one of the world’s busiest sea lanes as well as its first class infrastructure, have further strengthened Malaysia’s position in the global supply chain.

Malaysia is home to a multicultural society which has attracted businesses and tourists alike with strong levels of service and hospitality as well as fascinating cuisines. A significant exporter of commodities and commodity-based products, including oil and gas, the country also possess a well-diversified manufacturing industry alongside a strong services sector, particularly in tourism, business services and financial services.

The Malaysian capital market is today recognised as a leading emerging market. In 2014, the size of the equity market was RM1.65 trillion with an established RM1.1 trillion bond market, the third largest in Asia. Assets under management have been growing at annual average rate of 18% from 1998-2014, and stood at RM630 billion as at end of 2014. The Islamic capital market (ICM), a critical component of the Malaysian capital market, has tripled since 2000 to RM1.6 trillion in 2014 with strengths in sukuk (world's largest market) and Islamic fund management (largest number of Islamic funds in the world).

Malaysia's capital market provides diversified fundraising sources from equity, conventional corporate bonds, sukuk to innovative structures such as special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) with efforts’ being directed at further widening financing avenues for SMEs and high growth ventures. As a testament to the depth of the capital market’s financing ability, capital raising in 2014 exceeded RM90 billion for the third consecutive year, illustrating the capital market’s deepened capacity to meet Malaysia’s real economy financing needs. The scale of capital market-based financing has deepened significantly over the last decade and this sustained capital raising activity has enabled the capital market to weather external headwinds and grow to RM2.76 trillion by end-2014. Moving forward, Malaysia’s push for greater internationalization and economic resilience will augur well for the further growth and expansion of the capital market.

Equity crowdfunding is another component of Malaysia’s broad capital market. Innovations in financial technology such as equity crowdfunding aim to give small and medium enterprises and start-ups wider access to financing and promote an inclusive capital market. Malaysia, the first in the region to facilitate the introduction of equity crowdfunding, has recently announced its first six equity crowdfunding platform operators, which are expected to be operational by the end of 2015.