Every individual is subject to tax on income earned in Malaysia or received in Malaysia from outside Malaysia. Income earned in oversea remitted to Malaysia by a resident individual is exempted from tax.
A non-resident individual will be taxed only on the income earned in Malaysia.
The tax rate depends on the individual’s resident status, which is determined by the duration of his stay in the country as stipulated under Section 7 of the Income Tax Act 1967.
Generally, an individual who is in Malaysia for at least 182 days whether continuously or cumulatively in a calendar year is regarded as a tax resident.