Perhaps you have a huge business idea that you think is highly successful and you want to start it in Indonesia, a country with vast resources. You decide to start a business there but have no clue where to begin. This is where we come in. At Paul Hype Page & Co, we provide services that go above and beyond the traditional consulting or accounting firm. To start your business, we can help with incorporating the business as well as tax and secretarial services.

Malaysia Company Incorporation with Nominee Director

Step 1 : Understand the Requirements of setting a Indonesia Company

Foreigners who are interested to incorporate companies in Indonesia


Step 2: Understand the role of Nominee Director and sign off the Agreement

Nominee Director is someone who acts as a non-executive director on the board of directors of a firm, on behalf of another person or firm such as an bank, investor, or lender. Typically there is no shareholding requirement for the nominee director but, if the bylaws of a firm impose a share qualification, he or she must obtain them within the specified period.

We will appoint a member of our team as the nominee local director for your company The service is offered for statutory compliance only. The nominee director will not be involved in any management, financial, or operational matters of the company. You must appoint one or more individuals (normally the company shareholders) as the company directors who will be responsible for running the company. You can ask our nominee director to resign at any time by identifying another person who can satisfy the local director requirement. Note For the provision of our nominee local director service, we also collect a refundable security deposit. The security deposit will be refunded when you no longer need our nominee director service.

Below is a sample copy of our nominee director agreement for your reference

Step 3: Fill Up the Online Incorporation form and prepare the necessary documents

Fill up the incorporation form:

We will need the following documents from you:

For each Malaysia resident individual shareholder and director

  • Copy of Malaysian IC; and Copy of passport if the individual is not a citizen of Malaysia

For each non-resident individual shareholder and director:

  • Copy of passport; and
  • Copy of residential address proof such as a recent utility bill, residential phone bill, tax bill, or cable TV bill

For each corporate shareholder:

  •  Foreign Corporate Company Certificate and Special Director Resolution to resolve becoming newly incorporated company subsidiary’s shareholder
Please note the following:
  • All documents must be in English or officially translated in English;
  • All copies of documents must be certified true copies by a notary public or you must bring the originals to our office for sighting;
  • If you are overseas, you can email us the scanned copies of documents so we can proceed with preparing the necessary incorporation documents.
  • However we must receive the certified true copies (or sight the originals at our office) before we can incorporate the company.
  • Our compliance department may ask for additional information if necessary.

Step 4: Open Company’s Bank Account

Once your company is incorporated, you have to think to open a corporate bank account with any of the local and international banks in Singapore.

Basically, the followings are the required documents to open a corporate account in Malaysia banks:

  • Completed Corporate Account Opening Forms
  • Board of Directors Resolution approving the opening of the account and the signatories to the account
  • Certified True Copy of Company’s Business Profile
  • Certified True Copy of Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association (M&AA)
  • Certified True Copies of Passport (or IC) and Residential Address Proof of Directors, Signatories, and Ultimate Beneficiary Owners. If you are in Malaysia, just bring the originals and the bank will make a copy.

We will assist you to prepare and arrangement of meeting with a banker

Step 5: Start Your Business

After establishing the Indonesia company and if you don’t wish to relocate to Indonesia immediately. We can assist you in the initial stage when you don’t have any staff in Singapore. Our firm’s company management service it is a one stop solution called build-operate-transfer(BOT).

In this model, your firm contracts with us to build a shared service to operate your overseas business for a fixed interim period. The logic behind the BOT model: the offshore partner can initiate operations and reach operating stability much faster than it can with our in-house effort.

A typical BOT is built and managed in three phases:

  • Build
  • Operate
  • Option to Transfer

For more detail please contact our Corporate Specialist.

Want to Start business in Singapore
Want to Start business in Singapore

Work Visas

For Foreign Entrepreneurs that would like to relocate to Indonesia, the Employment Pass is necessary for those, who would like to start businesses and stay in Indonesia. This pass is designed to facilitate the entry and stay of entrepreneurs who are ready to start a new business, the Employment, with an initial validity period of up to two years.An employment pass is normally for the following posts:


Top Managerial Post of a foreign owned company operating in Indonesia.

Responsible for looking after the company’s interests and investments.

Responsible for determining the company’s policies and goals.


Professional/Middle Managerial Post.

Required academic and working experience, practical skills related to the respective jobs.

Responsible for implementing the company’s policies and supervision toward the junior staff.


Highly skilled

Require working experience and technical skills related to the respective jobs.

Requirements for Employment Pass:

One (1) set of application form together with the following supporting documents:

(i) Letter of Authority from the company or letter of appointment as a company’s representative.

(ii) Duly completed DP11 Form with passport size photograph.

(iii) Offer and Acceptance Letter or Employment Contract (RM10.00 Stamped) or Personal Bond which has been stamped with a RM10.00 revenue stamp for the application of a Visitor’s Pass (Temporary Employment)

(iv) One complete copy of the Expatriate’s Official passport (Two copies for PRC citizens).

Other documents required:

Letter of approval from MIDA/BNM/SC/JPM/LHDN where relevant (approval from EC and MDEC is not required)

Print-out of company’s profile from Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) or form 9, form 24 and form 49 for approval by MIDA and EC (if EC imposes capital appreciation).

Expatriate’s resume, copies of Diploma/Degree for non

key posts under the approval of MIDA (for posts approved by MIDA and its incumbent, the above supporting documents are not required)

Release letter from former employer if the Expatriate wishes for a change in employer.

  1. Passport validity should not be less than 18 months.
  1. Entry into Malaysia was in accordance with the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966 and Immigration Regulations 1963.
  2. Possess a valid visa (where required)
  3. Dual citizenship is not recognised in Malaysia.
  4. Age (no age limit)
  5. Salary and Expatriate post period
  • A minimum salary of RM5000.00 and above and at least 2 years’ employment contract.

Indonesian Tax System on Foreigners

The tax rate for a local company set up by foreigners is different depending on the residency status of the company.

A company is tax resident in Indonesia if at any time during that basis year the management and control of its business is in Indonesia.

Business Activities Requiring Collaboration with Locals

Some businesses are prohibited for foreigners:

Engineering & Technical Expert

  • Conveyor Vulcanizing
  • Digital Imaging
  • Experts In Steel Treatment (Melting And Casting)
  • High Precision Tools And Die Maintenance
  • Instruments Specialists (For Petrochemincal Industry)
  • Manufacturing Systems Designers
  • Material Technologists
  • Metallurgist
  • Offshore Field Operation
  • Photonics
  • Radio Frequency Designers
  • Sensor Technologist
  • Underwater Welders
  • Wafer Fabrication
  • Wireless Technologist

Geosciences & Geophysical Disciplines

  • Geoscientists
  • Geotechnologists
  • Metallurgists
  • Seismologists

Medical & Pharmacy

  • Production
  • Specialists
  • Technical

Electrical & Electronics

  • Analogue Designers
  • Microwave Designers


  • Renewable Energy

Textiles & Minerals Industry 

  • Craft/Design Cutting Specialists
  • Craftsman/Engraving
  • Designers
  • Dye Technologists
  • Dyeing Technicians

Food Industry/Biotechnolohy

  • Biotechnologists
  • Biotechnology Analysts
  • Disease Control/Quarantine
  • Dyestuff Specialist
  • Food/Nutrient Technologists
  • Genetic Engineering Specialists
  • Product/Flavoring Specialist
  • Tea/Food Tasters
  1. Supermarket And Minimarket
  2. Prepaid Card Business
  3. Cyber Café
  4. Car Glass And Aluminium Work Shop
  5. Herbal Product Business
  6. Spa-Only For Shareholders And Spa In Hotels
  7. Restaurant, Bistro And Café – Exclusive Concept & Shareholders Allowed
  8. Cleaning And Maintenance
  9. Massage Parlour
  10. Provision Shop
  11. Furnitures And Fittings
  12. Photo Frames Shop
  13. Textiles And Clothings
  14. Computer Accessories
  15. Hair Salon
  16. Laundry Shop
  17. Small And Non-Exclusive Restaurant

Positions Not Allowed Under Construction Industry

  • Air Conducting Fixing
  • Electrical Chargeman
  • Electrical Wireman
  • Excavator Operator
  • Installation Of Lift And Escalator
  • Shovel Operator
  • Telephone & Telegraph Fixing

Positions Not Allowed Under Timber Industry

  • Forest Mils – Most Categories Of Job
  • Furniture Factory – All Machinery Specialists
  • Timber Factories – Most Categories Of Job

Position That Not Allowed Under Sport Ministry

  • All Management Positions Except Trainer And Sport Consultant


1. Market Research And Public Opinion Polling Services

2. Management Consulting Services

3. Other Business Services

  • Collection Agency Services
  • Duplicating Services
  • Telephone Answering Services
  • Translation And Interpretation Services

4. Repair Services Relate To Metal Products, Machinery & Equipment On

  • Electrical Machinery And Apparatus
  • Medical, Precision Optical Instruments, Watches And Clocks
  • Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
  • Office, Accounting And Computing Machinery
  • Optical Equipment
  • Other Transport Equipment
  • Personal And Household Goods
  • Radio, Television And Communications Equipment And Apparatus

5. Other Land Transport Services

  • Freight Transportation By Man – Or Animal – Drawn Vehicles
  • Passenger Transportation By Man – Or Animal – Drawn Vehicles
  • Rental Services Of Passenger Cars With Operator
  • Transportation Of Other Freight

6. Supporting Services For Road Transport

  • Parking Services

7. Services Related To Management Consulting

8.Building-Cleaning Services

9. Placement and supply services of personnel

  • Executive search services

10. Investigation and security services

  • Alarm monitoring services

11. Services incidental to manufacturing

12. Publishing and printing on a fee or contract basis

To handle such prohibitions, foreigners can solve this by having joint venture with Malaysian partner:

For such companies, a minimum of 50% control over the venture is maintained by the foreign directors. The other half is owned by Malaysian investors and trading partners. A minimum authorized capital of RM500000 and paid up capital of RM350000 is required.