Investment in Data Centres in Malaysia

In the age of global digitalisation, the demand for robust data centre solutions has rapidly increased and Malaysia undoubtedly has showcased its ability to attract investment in this industry, having drawn global companies like Bridge Data Centre, GDS Holdings and NTT Ltd to establish data centres in the country.

Malaysia has emerged as the next potential hub and stands out as a frontrunner ahead of other Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Indonesia with affordable resources (human resource and land), a well-developed telecommunication infrastructure, reliable power supply and government support. In line with boosting the digital economy, the Government has introduced various incentives in encouraging investment in data centres, such as the Malaysia Digital status and Digital Ecosystem Acceleration scheme.

In this article, Skrine explores the general investment restrictions and requirements in relation to the establishment and operation of data centres in Malaysia, and the key incentives being offered by the Government in welcoming investors.

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