Types of Businesses not Permitted for Foreigners in Malaysia

  All foreigners are advisable to know the various type of businesses not permitted for foreigners in service industry to conduct in Malaysia before they register a business in Malaysia especially incorporating a Sdn Bhd Malaysian Company.

Below the list is governed and compiled from various Malaysia Governmental departments and agencies. The aim of the Malaysian Government is to provide sufficient market for local Malaysian businessmen to ear their income and also these services usually available by local expertise. All companies are encouraged not to hire any expatriate visa for jobs can be easily perform by local Malaysian


Services That Under The Preview of The Government Agencies as follows: 

  1. Market research and public opinion polling services

  1. Management consulting services

  • Collection agency services
  • Telephone answering services
  • Duplicating services
  • Translation and interpretation services

  1. Repair services relate to metal products, machinery & equipment on:

  • Office, accounting and computing machinery
  • Electrical machinery and apparatus
  • Personal and household goods
  • Optical equipment
  • Radio, television and communication equipment and apparatus
  • Medical, precision optical instruments, watches and clocks
  • Motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
  • Other transport equipment

  1. Other land transport services

  • Rental services of passenger cars with operator
  • Transportation of other freight
  • Passenger transportation by man- or animal- drawn vehicles
  • Freight transportation by man- or animal- drawn vehicles

  1. Supporting services for road transport

  • Parking services

  1. Services related to management consulting

  • Project management services other than for construction

  1. Building- cleaning services

  1. Textiles & Minerals Industry

  • Portrait photography services
  • Photography advertising services
  • Action photography services
  • Specialty photography services
  • Photography processing services
  • Restoration, copying and retouching services of photography

  1. Leasing services concerning machinery, equipments and computers

  1. Leasing services concerning:

  • Personal and household goods
  • Video and CD tapes
  • Pleasure and leisure equipment
  • Televisions, radios, video cassette recorders & accessories
  • Furniture and other household appliances

  1. Services furnished by membership organization

  • Special group advocacy services

  1. Recreational, cultural ,sporting and library services

  1. Other services:

  • Laundry collection services
  • Dry cleaning services
  • Pressing services
  • Car washing and cleaning services
  • Building or Premise cleaning services
  • Textile and fur product cleaning services
  • Dyeing and coloring services
  • Hairdressing and barbers, services
  • Funeral, cremation and undertaking services

  1. Storage and warehousing services

  1. Packaging services

  1. Research and experimental development services on:

  • Social sciences and humanities
  • Cultural sciences, sociology
  • Economics, Law
  • Linguistics and languages
  • All other social sciences and humanities

  1. Placement and supply services of personnel

  • Executive search services

  1. Investigation and security services

  • Alarm monitoring services

  1. Services incidental to manufacturing

  1. Publishing and printing,on a fee or contract basis


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                                  Taman Gaya,
                                  81800 Ulu Tiram,

Johor, Iskandar Puteri - 47B, Jalan Jati 2, 
                                      Taman Nusa Bestari Jaya,
                                      79150 Iskandar Puteri,

Kuala Lumpur - 15-2, Dinasti Sentral,
                         Jalan Kuchai Maju 18,
                         Off Jalan Kuchai Lama,
                         58200 Wilayah Persekutuan,
                         Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. 

Penang, Bayan Baru - No.90, 1st Floor,
                                    Lintang Mayang Pasir 2,
                                    11950 Bayan Baru,

Penang, Bukit Mertajam - 188, Second Floor,
                                            Jalan Tembikai,
                                            Taman Padang Lallang,
                                            14000 Bukit Mertajam,
                                            Pulau Pinang.
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