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Business Guide in Pahang


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Company Registration 
In Malaysia, all businesses need to be registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia. The agency is responsible to incorporate companies and register businesses and to provide company and business information to the public. This incorporation and registration is important as most banks will require that a business be registered before they will open any business accounts for you.
 
Businesses can be registered as:
  1. Sole Proprietorship: a business wholly-owned by a single owner
  2. Partnership: a business owned by 2 or more persons but not more than 20 partners
Investors who plan to start their business in Pahang can get full information of the procedures from the Companies Commission of Malaysia

 
Company Secretarial Services
Investors would require company secretarial services to assist in company registration and incorporation, and to ensure that the company runs its business in compliance with the Companies Act, 1965. Secretarial services are available for fees (professional fees or retainer), however, investors need to ensure the company secretarial firm is approved by the Companies Commission of Malaysia.
 
 
Industrial Land Requirement
In order to build plants or factories in Pahang, investors need to identify the industrial areas suitable for their business set-up. As such, matters pertaining to the acquisition of land, leasing, permits and others that are related to land usage need to be referred to the State Department of Land and Mineral
 
Investors can refer to the individual Industrial Estates (link to Invest in Pahang > Industrial Areas) for the land leasing prices.
 
Refer to: Pahang Land Procedure Forms (PDF: 50kb)
 
Employing Workers
A business set-up requires employing workers of various skills, competencies and educational background. Employing workers come with legal and ethical obligations. Investors’ responsibilities include: 
  1. paying workers at least the minimum rate of pay
  2. maintaining a working environment which is safe and free of harassment or discrimination
  3. contributing (for both the employee and employer portions) to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for workers’ retirement benefits
  4. contributing (for both the employee and employer portions) to the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) to protect workers against industrial accidents

Statutory Contributions
 
The compulsory contributions under the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Act 1991.

Employees' Age Employers' Contribution Employees' Contribution
55 and below Minimum of 12% of the employees' monthly wages Minimum of 8% of the employees' monthly wages
55 - 75 Minimum of 6% of the employees' monthly wages Minimum of 5.5% of the employees' monthly wages

All foreign workers and expatriates and their employers are exempted from compulsory contributions. They can, however choose to contribute and the applicable rates are as follows:
 
Employees' Age Employers' Contribution Employees' Contribution
55 and below RM5.00 (US$1.39) per employee per month 8% of the employees' monthly wages
55 - 75 RM5.00 (US$1.39) per employees per month 5.5% of the employees' monthly wages
 
 
Source: Employees Provident Fund

Employers need to register with the EPF at any EPF branches by completing an application form and submitting relevant documents. Registration with the EPF cannot be done online but the registration form (Form KWSP 1) can be downloaded at the EPF website.

Social Security Organisation (SOCSO)
Employers must register any employee whose monthly wages is less than RM3,000 (US$834) and contribute to the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) regardless of whether such employees’ employment status is permanent, temporary, or casual. 
 
SOCSO administer two types of social protection schemes: 
  • Employment Injury Insurance Scheme: provides protection to employees who are involved in accidents arising out of and in the course of his employment occupational diseases and also commuting accident
  • Invalidity Pension Scheme: provides twenty four (24) hours coverage for workers from invalidity or dies irrespective of the cause of death
Employers need to register by completing an application form and submitting relevant documents. Registration with the SOCSO cannot be done online but the registration forms for employers and employees can be downloaded at the SOCSO website.
 
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