Sunday, 6 March 2011


Many people find it surprising when I told them that there many Korean doing business in Sabah. They open Korean Restaurants, Korean mini markets and they even have Korean churches. I believe there are many reasons why they come here to do business.

I used to teach a group of Korean homeschoolers and the reasons why they come here to study is because the students in Korea go to school for long hours and the stress level is really high. (They used to joke that they came here because Malaysia has long school holidays and many public holidays. :) ) Some of the parents moved in here with them and started a business. 

Besides education, the tourism has also attracted many foreigners to do business in Sabah. The wealthy ones invest in beach or dive resorts, dive centers, travel agents, etc. The popular Sipadan Diving, Mount Kinabalu climbing, Cutural Villages, Turtle Island, Sepilok Orang Utan, Danum Valley, Tabin Bird Watching, Sabah's Lost World (Maliau Basin) are some of the attractions in Sabah. 

How ignorance when some west Malaysian still ask if Sabahan live on the tree when we actually have International Airport, Shopping Malls, 5 Star Resorts and internet access. Well, yes we don't have expressway yet and the public transport system is way behind but well, Sabah is still developing. Soon, we are going to have Hard Rock Cafe in Kota Kinabalu. :)

The culture in Sabah pretty much affect how people do business in Sabah. Sabahan people are friendly and the way they do business usually involve lots of personal selling and networking. It may seem like a waste of time for westerners who value efficiency. But hey, most of them are loyal customers if you provide good value for money and good service. Word of mouth advertising works best here but bad publicity also travel fast esp. with the wide use of social media. 

In order to protect the rights of Sabahan, West Malaysians and foreigners who wish to start a business in Sabah must apply for work pass. In order to get a work pass, they need a local to sponsor them and no matter what form of organisation you are going to set up, be it sole traders, partnerships or sdn bhd, you will also need to apply for trading license from the town board (Dewan Bandaraya).

** Previous article has been edited. :)


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    1. Hi Sandy,

      Glad to know that you like the blog. Sorry for not updating it for so long. I am trying to get my new business started this year. I will share on the progress of the business in this blog soon. :)

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