HSBC’s presence in Malaysia dates back to more than 120 years. The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited established its first branch in the country in 1884, on the island of Penang, with privileges to issue currency notes. Thereafter, it opened branches in Ipoh in 1909 followed by branches in Malacca, Johore Bahru and Kuala Lumpur in 1910. The Kota Bharu branch was opened in 1912.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the Bank opened more branches in several states. The Sungai Petani branch was opened in 1922, the Kuantan branch in 1929, the Muar branch in 1930 and the Kuala Terengganu branch in 1936.
In Sabah, the first branch opened in Kota Kinabalu in 1947. Branches were set up in Sandakan and Tawau a year later, followed by Labuan in 1957.
Meanwhile in Sarawak, a branch was opened in Kuching in 1958. Another was established in Sibu in 1959, followed by a second branch in Kuching in 1964.
By 1959, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited had embarked on a programme of acquisitions – including The Mercantile Bank and alliances and has network of 40 branches throughout Malaysia. Through the acquisition of The Mercantile Bank, which started operations in Malaysia in 1860, HSBC is indirectly the oldest bank in Malaysia.
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