Doing Business in Malaysia
Expats planning on doing business in Malaysia are strongly urged to research some of the cultural complexities associated with this ethnically diverse country. Although the Malaysian business world has largely succeeded in establishing a unified ethos, it is important for expats to understand that they might deal with people from a broad range of backgrounds (Malay, Chinese and Indian being the most common) and expectations and conduct might need to be adjusted accordingly, depending on who one is doing business with at the time.
Overall though, Malaysia is a diverse, welcoming society and is accepting and friendly towards foreigners. The ease with which one can do business in Malaysia is demonstrated in its rankings in numerous international business surveys. Malaysia came 18th (out of 189 countries) in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Survey for 2015. Malaysia particularly excelled in the criteria of trading across borders (where it is ranked 11th), and protecting investors (where it is ranked 5th).