Guidelines of naming Sdn Bhd in Malaysia

Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) has published a guidelines on naming your company. These guidelines not only to allow your company incorporation process go smoothly, it also increase the chance of your company name approval. Therefore, you should take note with the following rules when naming for your company.

Existing company name cannot be used

You are not allow to use an existing company name or the name reserved under the registers kept pursuant to laws administered by the Companies Commission of Malaysia. You can always check the existing company name on the MYDATA portal, which is a easier and quicker way beside asking you company secretary to do the name search.


Name of director is included in company name

Use symbols that are allowed to be used in the name of the company is limited to 5 symbols only and must ne appropriate to the use of:

  • "&" (include "dan" / "and" / "N")
    • For example: Y&Z Advisory Sdn. Bhd.
  • "." ("dot symbol")
    • For example: Y. Z. Advisory Sdn. Bhd.
  • "-" ("hyphen" symbol, only for double words or common words that use hyphen.)
    • For example: Kupu-Kupu Advisory Sdn. Bhd.
  • "( )" (bracket symbol)
    • Example : YZ Advisory (2021) Sdn. Bhd.
  • " ' " ( "apostrophe" symbol)
    • Example : YZ’s Recipe Sdn. Bhd.


5 symbol that can be included in company name

Only names of directors who are specified at the application form for incorporation can be used as company names. Proof of relationship must be given if other individual names are proposed to be used. Similarly, consent letter must be obtained from the group of companies whose individual names are proposed.


Company name cannot be an acronym that can be confusing

Use symbols that are allowed to be used in the name of the company is limited to 5 symbols only and must ne appropriate to the use of:

  • Stands for the names of the institutions of higher learning
    • For example: UiTM, UTM, UM, UKM, UPM, UUM, UIAUNIMAS, UMS, UIAM, UPSI, UMT, UMP, UTEM, UNIMAP, UTHM.

  • Is the name stands for Federal government agencies or State and Government Owned Companies(GLC)
    • For example: SSM, CCM, JKR, JPA, JPM, BNM, KPDNKK, SEDC, PKEN, SIRIM, TNB, PNB,FELDA, FELCRA, PETRONAS, SKM, MYCC, MIDA, KWSP, LHDN,, PERKESO, MARDI, RISDA.


No obscene words included in company name

Words that are offensive, rude, shocking, or resemble elements of any religion are not allowed to be showed in company name.


Names that prohibited under the direction of the minister

The Minister has directed the Registrar not to accept the following names for registration:

  • Names suggesting connection with a members of the Royal familyor Royal patronage including names containing such words as“Royal”, “King”, “Queen”, “Prince”, “Princess”, “Crown”, “Regent”or “Imperial”;
  • Names suggesting connection with a State or Federal government department, statutory body, authority or government agency or any municipality or other local authority, including names containing such words as “Federal”, “State” or “National”;
  • Names suggesting connection with any ASEAN, Commonwealth or foreign government or with the United Nations or with any other international organization or cartel including names containing such words as “ASEAN”, “UNESCO”, “NATO”, “EEC” ,“OPEC”;
  • Names suggesting connection with any political party, society, trade union, co-operative society or building society;
  • Names including the following words or any words of like import: “Bank”, “Banker”, “Banking”, “Bumiputra”, “Bureau”, “Chamber of Commerce and Industry”, “Chamber of Manufacturers”, “Chartered”, “College”, “Consumer”, “Council”, “Credit”, “Exchange”, “Executor”, “Fair Price”, “Finance”, “Foundation”, “Fund”, “Guarantee”, “Institute”, “Insurance”, “Investment”, “Leasing”, “Made in Malaysia”, “Prime”, “Registry”, “Treasury”, “Trust”, “Unit Trust”, “University”


General principles and characteristics of names acceptable for registration

  • Correct spelling and proper grammar must be used;
  • The use of mixture of Bahasa Malaysia and English is allowed if the use is to describe the type of business and must follow proper grammar.
  • If a name contains words other than the Malay or English Languages, the meaning of such words must be given;
  • Names which are not blasphemous or likely to be offensive to members of the public;
  • Names which do not resemble elements of religion;
  • Refrain from using words which are too general, for example “Technology Sdn. Bhd.” or “International Sdn. Bhd.”;

  • The meaning of created or coined words must be given


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