About Bursa Malaysia, i.e. the Malaysia Exchange

Bursa Malaysia
Type Public (KLSE:[1])
Founded 1964
Headquarters 10th Floor, Exchange Square, Bukit Kewangan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Key people Dato' Yusli Mohamed Yusoff, CEO
Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Haji Abdullah, Chairman
Industry News and Publishing
Website www.bursamalaysia.com

The Bursa Malaysia (MYX: 1818) or Malaysia Exchange, MYX previously known as Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE, Bursa Saham Kuala Lumpur in Malay) dates back to 1930 when the Singapore Stockbrokers' Association was set up as a formal organisation dealing in securities in Malaya. In 1937 it was re-registered as the Malayan Stockbrokers' Association, but it still did not trade public shares.

By 1960s, the Malayan Stock Exchange was formed and public trading of shares began on 9 May. In 1961, the Board system was introduced whereby two trading rooms, one each in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, were linked by direct telephone lines into a single market with the same stocks and shares listed at a single set of prices on both boards.

The Stock Exchange of Malaysia was officially formed in 1964 and in the following year, with the secession of Singapore from Malaysia, the common stock exchange continued to function under the name Stock Exchange of Malaysia and Singapore (SEMS).

In 1973, with the termination of currency interchangeability between Malaysia and Singapore, the SEMS was separated into The Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange Bhd (KLSEB) and The Stock Exchange of Singapore (SES). Malaysian companies continued to be listed on SES and vice-versa. A new company limited by guarantee, The Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) took over operations of KLSEB as the stock exchange. In 1994, it was re-named Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange became a demutualised exchange and was re-named Bursa Malaysia in 2004. It consists of a Main Board, a Second Board and MESDAQ with total market capitalization of MYR700 billion (US$189 billion).

In 2005, Bursa Malaysia was listed at its own exchange on 18 March. On 18 April, Bursa Malaysia introduced CBRS, a scheme which allows all investors to access research reports of Bursa-listed companies free-of-charge.

The main index for Bursa Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI). However, in June 2006, a new index series jointly developed by Bursa Malaysia and FTSE Group was introduced which is FTSE Bursa Malaysia Index.

On November 7, 2006, the index finally passed the 1,000 mark hurdle and closed at 1,003.28. It was partly boosted by the strong overnight close in the Wall Street.

As of 31 December 2007, the Malaysia Exchange had 986 listed companies with a combined market capitalization of $325 billion.[2]


  1. History
  2. Events
  3. Largest Stocks by Market Value
  4. References
  5. External links


The first formal securities business organisation in Malaysia was the Singapore Stockbrokers' Association, established in 1930. It was re-registered as the Malayan Stockbrokers' Association in 1937. The Malayan Stock Exchange was established in 1960 as the bourse for public trading of shares in Malaya. The board system with trading rooms in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, linked by direct telephone lines into a single market with the same shares listed at a single set of prices on both boards, was established in 1961.

By 1964, the Stock Exchange of Malaysia was established. With the secession of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965, the Stock Exchange of Malaysia became known as Stock Exchange of Malaysia and Singapore. In 1973, with the currency interchangeability between Malaysia and Singapore ceased, the Stock Exchange of Malaysia and Singapore was divided into KLSEB and SES. The Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange which was incorporated on December 14, 1976 as a company limited by guarantee, took over the operations of KLSEB in the same year.

The Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange Berhad was demutualized pursuant to the Demutualization Act and converted into a public company limited by shares on January 5, 2007. Upon the conversion, the organization vested and transferred the securities exchange business to a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Bursa Securities, and became an exchange holding company and were renamed Bursa Malaysia Berhad on April 14, 2007.

From the legal perspective, the demutualization essentially entailed the conversion from a not-for-profit "mutual" entity limited by the guarantee of its members into a company limited by shares. However, from the business strategy perspective, the demutualization, supported by business transformation initiatives, is intended to further enhance its corporate, organizational and governance structures.

On 18 March 2005, Bursa Malaysia made its debut on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad with a 17% or RM0.50 premium over its retail price of RM3.00. top


On March 10, 2008, trading on the exchange was suspended for one hour due to composite index fall by more than 10 percent or 130 points to 1166.32 points. This was largely by combination of factors such as the United States Subprime mortgage crisis and the political uncertainty caused by the 12th General Election. Dealers expected the move was an overreaction to the election results and the market will correct itself.[3] The index gained 2.1% the next day on the morning session as investor reinvest in plantation stocks and blue chips.[4]

On July 3, 2008, trading on the exchange was suspended for the day when it suffered multiple hardware glitches. The glitches only affects equities market, not the bonds and commodity market.[5] Trading resume the next day.

Largest Stocks by Market Value

Source: Bloomberg, in billions of RM, Data updated on 3 February 2009

  1. Sime Darby Berhad (MYX: 4197) - RM33.05
  2. MISC Bhd (MYX: 3816) - RM32.92
  3. Public Bank (MYX: 1295) - RM31.08
  4. Malayan Banking (MYX: 1155) -RM25.63
  5. Tenaga Nasional Bhd (MYX: 5347) -RM25.57
  6. IOI Corp Bhd (MYX: 1961) - RM24.11
  7. Bumiputra Commerce Holdings (MYX: 1023) - RM22.90
  8. Petronas Gas Bhd /a subsidiary of Petronas (MYX: 6033) - RM19.39
  9. DiGi Telecommunication(MYX: 6947) -RM15.94
  10. PLUS Expressway Berhad (MYX: 5052) -RM14.50
  11. Genting Group (MYX: 3182) - RM13.63
  12. Resorts World Bhd (MYX: 4715) -RM13.22
  13. British American Tobacco Malaysia Bhd (MYX: 4162) -RM12.63
  14. YTL Corporation Bhd (MYX: 4677) - RM11.61
  15. TM International Berhad (MYX: 6888) -RM11.60
  16. Telekom Malaysia (MYX: 4863) -RM11.38
  17. Perlis Plantations Bhd (MYX: 4065) -RM11.20
  18. Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (MYX: 2445) -RM10.62
  19. YTL Power International Bhd(MYX: 6742) - RM10.33
  20. Hong Leong Bank Bhd (MYX: 5819) -RM8.06
  21. RHB Capital Bhd (MYX: 1066) -RM7.92
  22. Petronas Dagangan Bhd-a subsidiary of Petronas (MYX: 5681) -RM7.30
  23. Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad (MYX: 4707) -RM6.45
  24. Berjaya Sports Toto Berhad (MYX: 1015) -RM6.35
  25. AMMB Holdings Bhd (MYX: 1015) -RM6.24


  1. ^ http://www.bursamalaysia.com/website/bm/about_us/
  2. ^ Number of Listed Companies and Total Market Cap, Malaysia Exchange page on Wikinvest
  3. ^ "Trading on Bursa suspended". Business Times. http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/Monday/Latest/20080310155236/Article/.
  4. ^ Surin Murugiah. "KLCI best performer among regional indices at midday". The Edge. http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/content.jsp?id=com.tms.cms.article.Article_9c3e82e0-cb73c03a-9db99200-678c2fc2.
  5. ^ Cindy Yeap (2008-07-03). "Bursa Malaysia announce "surprise and rare" trading halt". The Edge. http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/content.jsp?id=com.tms.cms.article.Article_e69a7de1-cb73c03a-c8c7d600-f86fa74d. Retrieved on 2008-07-03.

External links

Based on article at "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bursa_Malaysia"