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What is a Representative Office?
A Representative Office is an office established in Malaysia by a foreign company / organisation to perform permissible activities for its head office / principal. The Representative Office serves as temporary establishment to assess business viability prior incorporating permanent business entity in Malaysia. The Representative Office is not required to be incorporated under the Companies Act 2016. The setting up of a Representative Office requires the approval by the Government of Malaysia.
Representative Office vs Regional Office
What's the difference?
A Representative Office is an office of a foreign company / organisation to collect relevant information on investment opportunities in the country especially in the manufacturing and services sector, enhance bilateral trade relations, promote the export of Malaysian goods and services and carry out research and development (R&D).
A Regional Office is an office of a foreign company / organisation that serves as the coordination centre for the company’s / organisation’s affiliates, subsidiaries and agents in South-East Asia and the Asia Pacific. The Regional Office established is responsible for the designated activities of the company / organisation within the region it operates.
Permissible Activities for Representative Office
The approved Representative Office / Regional office is allowed to engage and perform the following activities for its head office or principal:
Non-Permissible Activities for Representative Office
The approved Representative Office / Regional Office is not allowed to conduct the following activities:
Duration of Establishment
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