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Malaysia - In-depth PESTLE Insights

Malaysia - In-depth PESTLE Insights


This PESTLE country analysis report on Malaysia provides a holistic view of the country, with insightful analysis of current and future issues, supplemented with relevant quantitative data to support trend analysis.


- Understand the political system in Malaysia through analysis of key figures in the country and governance indicators.
- Understand the economic situation in Malaysia through a balanced assessment of core macroeconomic issues.
- Understand customer demographics in Malaysia through analysis of income distribution and the rural-urban split, as well as healthcare and education.
- Understand the technological landscape in Malaysia through analysis of relevant laws and policies, as well as patents data.


- The political landscape section discusses the evolution of the political scenario in Malaysia, as well as the countrys economic, social, foreign, and defense policies. The section also discusses the countrys performance according to World Bank Governance Indicators.
- The economic landscape section outlines the evolution of Malaysias economy, as well as the countrys performance in terms of GDP growth, composition by sector (agriculture, industry, and services), fiscal situation, international investment position, monetary situation, credit disbursement, banking sector, and employment."
- The social landscape section analyzes the governments social welfare policies, as well as the countrys performance in terms of healthcare, income distribution, and education.

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- What is the outlook in Malaysia in terms of political stability, policies towards business, and the popularity of the government?
- How does Malaysia perform in terms of GDP growth, its fiscal situation, international investment position, monetary situation, and employment?
- How does Malaysia perform in terms of healthcare, income distribution, and education?
- How does Malaysia perform in terms of technology-intensive sectors like IT, life sciences, and R&D expenditure trends?

Overview 2
Catalyst 2
Summary 2
Key findings 2
Malaysias ties with China have strengthened, but authoritarianism poses a threat to democracy 2
The country has seen FDI growth, but high household debt burden is a problem 2
The country gives importance to healthcare, however restricted freedom continues to be a problem 3
While technology exports are on the rise, the shortage of skilled labor needs immediate attention 3
Malaysia is open to foreign investment, but there is still lack of patent protection 4
The country has effective environmental laws, but increasing presence of transboundary haze is a major challenge 4
PESTLE highlights 4
Political landscape 4
Economic landscape 5
Social landscape 5
Technological landscape 5
Legal landscape 5
Environmental landscape 6
Key fundamentals 7
Key Facts and Geographic Location 16
Key facts 16
Geographical location 17
PESTLE Analysis 18
Summary 18
Political analysis 19
Overview 19
Current strengths 19
Malaysia-Australia relations 19
Supportive Government Policies 20
Current challenges 20
Poor performer in establishing democratic institutions 20
Territorial dispute over Sabah 20
Controversy over 1MDB 21
Future prospects 22
Improving bilateral ties with Singapore 22
Improving bilateral ties with China 23
Future risks 23
Rising dissatisfaction among ethnic minorities 23
Growing authoritarianism 23
Economic analysis 25
Overview 25
Current strengths 25
Consistent economic progress/success 25
Safe haven for the investors 25
Current challenges 26
Rising household debt 26
Future prospects 26
Ambitious economic plan 26
Meeting long-term energy needs 27
Tourism Plan 27
Encouraging SMEs 28
Future risks 28
Inefficient bureaucracy 28
High government debt 28
Social analysis 29
Overview 29
Current strengths 30
Strength through diversity 30
Improved life style 30
Improvement on the HDI 30
A young society 30
Priority to healthcare 31
Current challenges 31
High youth unemployment rate 31
Unequal distribution of income 31
Restricted freedom 31
Future prospects 32
Ambitious Education Sector Reforms 32
Fight against terrorism 33
Resolving the issue of food security 33
Future risks 34
Human rights violations 34
Technological analysis 35
Overview 35
Current strengths 35
Strong digital infrastructure 35
Progress in innovations 36
Incentives for R&D activities 36
High technology exports 36
Increased Internet penetration 36
Current challenges 37
Low competitiveness of the industry 37
Low talent in ICT industry 37
Vulnerable to cybercrime 37
High piracy levels 37
Future prospects 38
Digital Malaysia initiative 38
Ambitious plan to develop ICT industry by 2020 38
Opportunities for Startups technology based industries 38
Future risks 38
Skilled labor shortage 38
Legal analysis 40
Overview 40
Current strengths 40
Improvements in the corporate governance code 40
National competition policy 41
Openness to foreign investment 41
Current challenges 41
Lack of patent protection 41
Restrictive internet law 41
Future prospects 42
Improvement in ease of doing business 42
Future risks 42
A lack of transparency in legislative processes 42
New security law 42
Environmental analysis 43
Overview 43
Current strengths 43
Great bio-diversity 43
Effective environment laws and signatory to international pacts 43
Establishing environmental courts 44
Current challenges 44
Transboundary haze 44
Increasing deforestation 44
Future prospects 45
Efforts towards the development of renewable energy 45
Shift towards sustainable greener growth 45
Future risks 45
Bauxite mining creating health hazards 45
Lack of integration of sustainable development in sectoral policies 46
Political Landscape 47
Summary 47
Evolution 47
Structure and policies 49
Key political figures 49
Structure of government 49
Federal government 49
State government 49
Key political parties and alliances 49
Composition of government 51
Key policies 51
Key policy areas 51
Social policy 51
Foreign policy 52
Performance 52
Governance indicators 52
Outlook 53
Economic Landscape 55
Summary 55
Evolution 55
Structure and policies 56
Financial authorities and regulators 56
Stock market 56
Key policies 57
Performance 58
GDP and growth rate 58
GDP composition by sector 60
Agriculture 61
Industry 62
Services 63
Fiscal situation 63
Exports and imports 64
Current account 65
External debt 65
International investment position 65
Foreign direct and portfolio investments 65
Credit rating 65
Monetary situation 65
Interest rate 65
Inflation 65
Employment 67
Outlook 67
Social Landscape 68
Summary 68
Evolution 68
Structure and policies 68
Demographic composition 68
Age and gender-wise composition 68
Urban/rural composition and migration 69
Religious composition 69
Education 70
Healthcare 71
Healthcare services 71
Social welfare 71
Social welfare policies 71
Performance 71
Healthcare 71
Income distribution 72
Education 72
Outlook 73
Technological Landscape 74
Summary 74
Evolution 74
Structure and policies 74
Intellectual property 75
Performance 76
Opportunity sectors 76
Telecommunications 76
Outlook 77
Legal Landscape 78
Summary 78
Evolution 78
Structure and policies 78
Judicial system 78
Structure of the system 78
Tax regulations 79
Taxation 79
Individual income tax 79
Corporate tax 79
Withholding tax 79
Goods and services tax (GST) 79
Corporate governance 79
Performance 80
Effectiveness of the legal system 80
Outlook 80
Environmental Landscape 81
Summary 81
Evolution 81
Structure and policies 81
Environmental regulations 81
Participation in global efforts, agreements, and pacts 82
Performance 82
Environmental impact 82
Outlook 83
Appendix 84
Ask the analyst 84
Disclaimer 84

List Of Tables

Table 1: Malaysia key fundamentals 7
Table 2: Malaysia key facts 16
Table 3: Analysis of Malaysias political landscape 19
Table 4: Analysis of Malaysias economy 25
Table 5: Analysis of Malaysias social system 29
Table 6: Analysis of Malaysias technology landscape 35
Table 7: Analysis of Malaysias legal landscape 40
Table 8: Analysis of Malaysias environmental landscape 43
Table 9: Mid-year population of Malaysia by age (percentage of total population), 2016 69
Table 10: Patents granted by the USPTO 75

List Of Figures

Figure 1: Map of Malaysia 17
Figure 2: Targets by 2020 27
Figure 3: Malaysia key political events timeline 48
Figure 4: Key political figures in Malaysia 49
Figure 5: Composition of the Malaysian parliament , 2016 51
Figure 6: Malaysias historical GDP growth, 20062016 56
Figure 7: GDP and GDP growth rate in Malaysia, 201121f 59
Figure 8: GDP composition by sectors, 2016 60
Figure 9: Agriculture output of Malaysia, 2011-16 61
Figure 10: Industrial output of Malaysia, 2011-16 62
Figure 11: Service output of Malaysia, 2011-16 63
Figure 12: External trade of Malaysia, 2012-16 64
Figure 13: Consumer price index and consumer price index-based inflation in Malaysia, 2011-21f 66
Figure 14: Unemployment in Malaysia, 2011-21f 67
Figure 15: Major religions of Malaysia 70
Figure 16: Total expenditure on healthcare in Malaysia, 2009-15 72
Figure 17: Government expenditure on education in Malaysia, 2011-16 73
Figure 18: Internet users and growth rate in Malaysia, 2012-16 77
Figure 19: Carbon dioxide emissions in Malaysia, 2008-15 83

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Published Date : Nov 2017
No. of Pages :85
Country :Malaysia
Category :Consumer Goods
Publisher :MarketLine
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