HSBC in Malaysia

HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad is a member of the HSBC Group and employs more than 4,000 people in Malaysia.

Our head office is located at No 2 Leboh Ampang, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone: +603-2075 3000
Facsimile: +603-20701146


HSBC's presence in Malaysia dates back to 1884 when the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited established its first office in the country, on the island of Penang, with permission to issue currency notes. In 1959 it bought the Mercantile Bank, which started operations in Malaysia in 1860.

HSBC opened its office in Malacca in 1909 and by the end of 1912, offices had opened in Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kota Bharu.

During the 1920s and 1930s, the bank opened more branches in several states - Sungai Petani branch in 1922, Kuantan in 1929, Muar in 1930, and Kuala Terengganu in 1936.

In Sabah, the first branch opened in Kota Kinabalu in 1947. Branches were set up in Sandakan and Tawau a year later, followed by Labuan in 1957. In Sarawak, branches opened in Kuching in 1958 and 1964 and in Sibu in 1959. In 2006, HSBC was the first foreign bank to be awarded a licence to operate a Takaful (Islamic insurance) business in Malaysia. HSBC Amanah Takaful (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd - a joint venture between HSBC Insurance (Asia-Pacific) Holdings Limited (49 per cent shareholding), Jerneh Asia Berhad (31 per cent shareholding) and Employees Provident Fund Board of Malaysia (20 per cent shareholding) - commenced operations in August 2006.

In 2007, HSBC Bank Malaysia was the first locally incorporated foreign bank to be awarded an Islamic banking subsidiary licence in Malaysia, and HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad, an Islamic bank wholly owned by HSBC Bank Malaysia, commenced operations in August 2008. HSBC in Malaysia has a network of more than 60 branches, of which a third are HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad branches.


Find out about the work HSBC does in the Malaysian community, to support education projects and to protect the environment.

Management team

Find information about the Board of Directors of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad on our Management team page.

Our services

HSBC Bank Malaysia offers personal financial services, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, Takaful (Islamic insurance) and Islamic financial solutions.

HSBC Bank Malaysia introduced the nation's first automated teller machine (ATM), and launched Electronic Touch Banking and Hexagon - the Group's global PC-based banking financial services platform - in the early 1980s.

HSBCnet has Malaysia's first security technology, Virtual Keyboard, and HSBC customers were among the earliest to use online cheque-image enquiry technology.

Customers of HSBC Bank Malaysia were also the first to benefit from account updates via text messages and since September 2000, customers have been able to trade shares listed on Bursa Malaysia online with selected stockbroking companies. In July 2001, HSBC launched ChequeScan to make deposits faster and simpler.

Local incorporation

Hongkong Bank Malaysia Berhad was incorporated on 1 October 1984. The Malaysian branch operations of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited were localised and transferred to Hongkong Bank Malaysia Berhad on 1 January 1994, making it the first foreign-owned financial institution to be localised. The legal name HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad was adopted on 23 February 1999.

Our companies


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Find details of the awards and recognition earned by HSBC in Malaysia on our Awards page.

Financial information

To find financial reports for HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad and other subsidiaries of HSBC Holdings plc, please visit the financial and regulatory reports section of our corporate website.