Malaysia was once the world’s premium producer of tin, but the industry has since declined due to falling prices, depletion of tin deposits, as well as competition from South America. Currently, the only company involved in large-scale tin mining is Rahman Hydraulic Sdn Bhd in Perak. However, the government is planning to revive the tin mining industry in Malaysia to take advantage of the high price of tin in today’s market.

The mining of minerals other than tin and oil & gas, has also deteriorated. Now, the only major minerals mined are gold, bauxite, iron-ore, limestone, clay, coal and other minerals.



Malaysia’s Share of Global Tin Production

Oil and Gas Graph

Note: Data for years before 1963 relate to Malaya.


Source: Economic History of Malaya