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Setting up an NGO


NGO stands for Non-Governmental Organization. It is a voluntary group of individuals or organizations, usually not affiliated with any government, that is formed to provide services or to advocate a public policy. NGOs can be local, national, or international in scope.

NGOs play a vital role in society, addressing a wide range of issues, including:

  • Humanitarian aid and development: NGOs provide assistance to people in need in times of crisis, such as natural disasters, war, and famine. They also work to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

  • Human rights and social justice: NGOs advocate for the rights of marginalized and vulnerable groups, such as women, children, minorities, and the disabled. They also work to promote democracy, good governance, and the rule of law.

  • Environmental protection: NGOs work to protect the environment and promote sustainable development. They also advocate for policies to address climate change and other environmental challenges.

  • Education and research: NGOs provide educational and training programs to people of all ages. They also conduct research on a variety of social and economic issues.

NGOs are funded through a variety of sources, including private donations, government grants, and corporate sponsorships.

Here are some examples of well-known NGOs:

  • International: Oxfam, Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Red Cross

  • Malaysia: MERCY Malaysia, Islamic Relief Malaysia, WWF-Malaysia, Malaysian Nature Society

NGOs play an important role in promoting social change and improving the lives of people around the world.

Steps to Setting Up an NGO in Malaysia

1. Choose a name for your NGO. The name must be unique and not already in use by another organization. You can search for available names on the Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) website.

2. Draft a constitution for your NGO. The constitution should outline the purpose of your NGO, its activities, and its membership structure. It should also include provisions for governance and dissolution.

3. Apply for registration with the SSM. To do this, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A completed Form SSM-4

  • The NGO's constitution

  • A list of the NGO's founding members

  • A copy of the NGO's bank account statement

  • A fee of RM30

4. Once your NGO is registered, you will need to obtain a tax exemption certificate from the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB). To do this, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A completed Form IRB-KHA/1

  • The NGO's registration certificate

  • A copy of the NGO's constitution

  • A copy of the NGO's latest financial statements

5. Once you have obtained a tax exemption certificate, you will be able to apply for funding from government agencies and private organizations.

Here are some additional tips for setting up an NGO in Malaysia:

  • Make sure that your NGO has a clear and concise mission statement. This will help you to attract members and donors, and it will also help you to stay focused on your goals.

  • Develop a strong network of partners and supporters. This will help you to achieve your goals more effectively.

  • Be transparent and accountable in your operations. This will help to build trust with your members and donors.

  • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations. This includes registering your NGO with the SSM and obtaining a tax exemption certificate from the IRB.

There are a number of NGOs in Malaysia that can provide support and advice.

If you have any Questions or need Assistance with Setting up an NGO in Malaysia, you can contact Bestar

Bestar is a Malaysian company that provides a range of services to help people set up and run NGOs. We offer the following services:

  • Professional advice: Bestar's consultants can advise you on the legal requirements for setting up an NGO in Malaysia, as well as on the best practices for governance and management.

  • Company registration: Bestar can register your NGO with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and obtain the necessary licenses and approvals from the relevant government authorities.

  • Accounting and auditing: Bestar can provide accounting and auditing services for your NGO, which will help you to ensure that your finances are in order and that you are compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.

In addition to these services, Bestar can also help you to develop a strategic plan for your NGO, identify and secure funding, and build relationships with other NGOs and government agencies.

Here are some of the specific benefits of working with Bestar to set up an NGO in Malaysia:

  • Save time and hassle: Bestar can handle all of the paperwork and bureaucracy involved in setting up an NGO, freeing you up to focus on your core mission.

  • Get expert advice: Bestar's consultants have a deep understanding of the Malaysian NGO landscape and can provide you with valuable advice on how to set up and run your NGO successfully.

  • Avoid costly mistakes: Bestar can help you to avoid common mistakes that are made by new NGOs, such as non-compliance with regulations and financial mismanagement.

  • Build a strong foundation: Bestar can help you to build a strong foundation for your NGO, which will help you to achieve your goals and make a positive impact on your community.

If you are considering setting up an NGO in Malaysia, contact Bestar. We can provide you with the support and guidance you need to get started and to succeed.

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