Over the years, Greater Kuala Lumpur has established itself as a popular investment destination in Asia with multinationals including BMW, British American Tobacco, Citibank, Exxon Mobil, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Ikea, Nestle, Nokia, PayPal, Philip Morris, Prudential, Tesco, Motorola, Schlumberger and Shell establishing their regional or global operations here.
Greater Kuala Lumpur is uniquely positioned as a regional hub for business, innovation and talent. Supported by a primary value proposition that is centred on costs, capabilities and infrastructure, Greater Kuala Lumpur has all the right ingredients to be a destination of choice for international corporations looking to set up operations in the region.
Greater Kuala Lumpur
ASEAN's rising
hub for talent
What Investors Say
  • Philippe Salle
    Philippe Salle
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Altran Group

    "We have decided to open a regional office in Kuala Lumpur as the city is the launch pad to Southeast Asia.

    "With an attractive ecosystem for inward investment, world-class infrastructure, strong economic frameworks and access to the rest of the ASEAN region, Kuala Lumpur will offer a fitting environment for Altran to continue to grow our presence in the market across our key business areas – aviation, automotive, healthcare, telecoms and smart society.

  • Naeem Shahab Khan
    Naeem Shahab Khan
    Managing Director, Philips Malaysia Sdn Bhd

    "As a facilitator of investments into Greater Kuala Lumpur, InvestKL has been an excellent partner.

    "Their ability to bring outside-in perspective, understanding of MNCs' constrains and a consultative behaviour is commendable. GKL is also one of the best places to nurture talent for innovation. With a more structured industry driven education system, this can be enhanced.

  • Bill Herzig
    Bill Herzig
    Chairman, Darden Aquafarm Inc

    "Kuala Lumpur is a tremendous, vibrant city. The people are very diverse and embrace people from all walks of life.

    "Kuala Lumpur is both very cosmopolitan and at the same time very warm and friendly. There are a wide variety of cultural activities and opportunities, transportation is good and improving, and prices are reasonable. It is a safe city and the government is very forward thinking.

  • Tan Kee How
    Tan Kee How
    Managing Director, Oleon (Asia Pacific) Sdn Bhd

    "Greater Kuala Lumpur has well established Infrastructure in terms of logistics and IT; there is easy availability of talent for regional roles, and availability of related service providers which are critical factors for our business.

    "In addition, the ease of doing business; the simplicity of company registration, the stable government policies (which do not change every few months) and the freedom and ease of fund transfers are great advantages of doing business in Malaysia. InvestKL has also been very efficient and very responsive in meeting our requirements.

  • Yong Tong Nye
    Yong Tong Nye
    Assistant GM (Finance & Admin Division),
    Epson Precision Malaysia Sdn Bhd

    "Greater Kuala Lumpur is a great place for our business; Malaysia has investor friendly policies, attractive and competitive tax incentives, and good infrastructure.

    "Having been in Malaysia since 1975, we have seen numerous timely reforms carried out by the government to ease domestic regulations which allow the private sector to continuously grow their businesses.

    We rate the ease of doing business in Kuala Lumpur 8 out of 10.

  • Jamal A. Ainul
    Jamal A. Ainul
    Chairman, Schlumberger Asia

    "We are projecting stronger revenue growth from Asia following our investments in Malaysia.

    "Our manufacturing plant in Penang and regional financial hub in Kuala Lumpur will play a key role in supporting our clients in Malaysia, Asia and the Middle East, and in the expansion of our business in these key markets.

    "Malaysia is also ideal for our financial hub as it offers highly qualified financial professionals with excellent customer service attitudes. The country is open to attracting knowledge-based activities and offers an excellent business environment, with a Government committed to the development of education and infrastructure."

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  • Craig Tucker
    Craig Tucker
    Director, IBM Global Delivery Centre, Cyberjaya (Malaysia)

    “This centre is critical to IBM’s ability to offer our clients support at any level local, regional and global to provide the flexibility, scalability and security our clients expect.

    "We selected Malaysia for our newest facility based on the strong public-private partnership with the country and Cyberjaya, its competitive business model, and the talent and skills that the Malaysian people have to offer.

    “The global delivery centres are a major component of IBM’s strategy to be a globally integrated enterprise, which allows us to perform work anywhere in the world where we have the right skills and the right environment for business to drive profitable growth. Our new center in Cyberjaya is now a core component of that global network. We believe it will be a model for the delivery of technology services and just as importantly, it will be role model for a public/private partnership that creates new opportunities for Malaysians.”

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  • Jamal A. Ainul
    Mr Hiroyuki Mogi
    Chairman of Toshiba Transmission & Distribution Systems Asia

    “T&D technology can be highly value–added and currently manufacturing of complex high voltage (HV) T&D equipment is mostly done in Europe and Japan.

    “Toshiba Corporation has selected Malaysia as a global supply chain hub, regional full turnkey (FTK) center and an R&D center for its T&D equipment due to the availability of excellent technical resources and its strategic location to address the fast growing ASEAN market for these products.

    “Malaysia is one of the established T&D markets in the ASEAN region, and established reputation of Malaysian-made products supports the manufacturing requirements in the industry.”

  • John McCabe
    John McCabe
    Senior Vice-President, Worldwide Operations, PayPal

    "We chose Malaysia as its multi-lingual and skilled workforce is ideal for our regional and global support services.

    "Our regional center in Kuala Lumpur offers service and support for customers across Southeast Asia. It also provides operational support for our global payment service.

    "This demonstrates our commitment to offer a safer, more secure online payment platform to millions of customers in the region, especially in Southeast Asia."

  • Sanjeev Nanavati
    Sanjeev Nanavati
    former CEO, Citibank Berhad

    "Citibank remains committed to our customers and will continue with our investments to grow our business in Malaysia.

    "Throughout our 50 over years in Malaysia and as one of the leading foreign banks in Malaysia, Citibank has been an active contributor and leading player in the dynamic growth of the local banking industry.

    "There are significant business opportunities in Malaysia as we look forward to continuing to invest in Malaysia as the economy transforms under the Economic Transformation Programme."


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