The Malaysia Business Environment Index (BEI 2012) is a composite index which measures the business environment in 11 city and municipal districts across six states in peninsular Malaysia and ranks them against each other based on a 100-point scale. The higher overall index score along with the individual scores for sub-indices always refer to a better performance within the context of the BEI. The highest possible score is 100.

The BEI aims to inspire local authorities to improve their service delivery and develop actionable policy agendas that benefit local businesses. By ranking district scores, the BEI identifies the best performers by district and highlights practices and initiatives implemented by those high-performing districts as practical examples of attainable success that can be emulated in other districts.

The BEI 2012 is composed of nine sub-indices developed from the academic literature on economic transition and growth, and tailored to the country context. These sub-indices capture key elements of the local business environment that can be influenced by district regulations or district implementation of federal and state regulations and programmes.

The sub-indices are accessible through this data visualization by clicking on the above navigation bar.

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The Malaysia Business Environment Index (2012) is the result of the collaborative efforts of many individuals. The authors of the report were Dr. Jane Terpstra Tong (Monash University Sunway Campus), Nina Merchant-Vega (The Asia Foundation) and Dr. Robert Terpstra (Monash University Sunway Campus). Expert technical advice was provided by Dr. Edmund Malesky (University of California, San Diego). Valuable comments and support were provided by Anthea Mulakala, Reid Hamel, Herizal Hazri, Dr. Yeah Kim Leng, Kristina Fong, Jason Fong, and Munsifah Abdul Latiff. Research assistance was provided by Koh Jen Li, Peg-Gy, and Collin Gerst.

The survey data visualization project "Business Environment Index: Malaysia" was led by John Karr, Director for Digital Media at The Asia Foundation. Steve Ubiera, Production and Systems Administrator for The Asia Foundation served as the project manager and data visualization designer. Site development was conducted by William Wang and Johan Baversjo.