Co-Location of Labuan Banks in other part of Malaysia

Guidelines On Co-Location of Labuan Bank

1. Preamble

  • This Guidelines is issued pursuant to section 4(5) of the Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority Act 1996
  • This Guideline provides the option for Labuan Offshore Bank (Labuan Bank) to establish an office or offices in other part of Malaysia other than its office in Labuan (Hereinafter referred to as “Co-located Office”).
  • Labuan Bank given approval to establish a Co-located Office under this Guideline must continue to have an office in Labuan with suitable number of staff to perform the functions assigned to the Labuan office.
  • The Co-located Office is to facilitate the business of Labuan Bank by leveraging, among others, on the infrastructures, human capital, professional services, recreational and residential facilities that are available in the co-located cities.
  • The application for approval to set up the Co-located Office must be submitted to LOFSA prior to its establishment.

2. Who Qualifies

  • The application for approval under this Guideline can be made by any Labuan Bank licensed under the Offshore Banking Act 1990 (Now under LFSSA 2010).
  • Applicant has the following options subject to the compliance with the pre-determined criteria:
    Options Eligibility Criteria


    The Labuan Bank may carry on any operations at the Co-located Office, except for the following which will remain in Labuan:

    • Booking centre
    • Maintenance of records

    The applicant bank must have:

    • An average total asset for three (3) years preceding the application of not less than USD 1 billion;
    • An average percentage of loan granted to non-residents to the total outstanding loan for three (30) years preceding the application of not less than 50%;
    • An average percentage of deposit from non-residents to the total deposit for three (3) years preceding the application of not less than 50%; and
    • A minimum number of 10 staff.


    The Labuan Bank may only carry on specific operations as may be approved by The Authority apart from marketing activities

    All other operations to be retained in Labuan.

    The applicant bank has been in operation in Labuan for not less than three (3) years at the time of the application.

  • Labuan Bank which does not wish to co-locate are allowed to apply or continue to have marketing office under the Guideline for Establishment of Marketing Office in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.

3. Permitted Activities

Labuan Bank that co-locates under this Guideline is allowed to conduct the following business at the Co-located Office-

  • Banking business as permitted under the Offshore Banking Act 1990 or any other relevant legislation;
  • Any other banking businesses as may be permitted from time to time.

4. Operational Requirements

  • Address of the Co-located Office
    • Labuan Bank is required to inform The Authority the address and contact numbers of the Co-located Office prior to the commencement of its operations and of any subsequent changes.
    • The Co-located Office must be-
      • Separated from the office of other entity/company;
      • Managed by its own personnel with sufficient books and records that would explain their activities at the Co-located Office.
  • Name and Signboard
    • The name of the Labuan Bank must be easily legible in Romanised characters, printed on a signboard affixed at the entrance of the Co-located Office.
    • The signboard must contain the following information-
      • The Labuan Bank’s license number; and
      • The words “Labuan Bank licensed under the Offshore Banking Act 1990.
    • In addition, the Labuan Bank must comply with requirements of the relevant local authorities with regards to the signboard and the Co-located Office, wherever applicable.
  • Others
    • The Authority may request Labuan Bank to provide statistical information in such manner and frequency as may be determined by The Authority with regards to its activities in the Co-located Office.
    • Labuan Bank that co-locates under this Guideline would not be allowed to have a marketing office under the Guidelines for Establishment of Marketing Office in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.

5. Market Conduct and Consumer Protection

Labuan Bank that co-locates is expected to comply with any guidelines and requirements on market conduct and consumer protection to be issued by The Authority from time to time.

6. Annual Fee

Labuan Bank that co-locates under this Guideline is required to pay to The Authority an annual fee of RM 7,000 for each co-located office once the approval is given. The subsequent payment of annual fee is payable not later than 15 January of each year.

7. Revocation and Surrendere

  • The Authority reserves the right to revoke the approval if The Authority is satisfied, based on the information made available to it, that the Labuan Bank has not complied with any laws or requirements in relation to the Co-located Office.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the Labuan Bank may surrender the approval under his Guideline by notifying The Authority in writing not less than one (1) month from the date it intends to close the Co-located Office.

8. Effective date

This Guideline shall come into effect on 19th January 2010 and would remain effective and applicable unless amended or revoked otherwise.