The country's funds industry expanded amid tricky conditions last year, by Securities Commission figures, but investors are told to brace for lower returns in 2016.
The Kuala Lumpur-based fund house said it planned to build China bond capabilities, after Malaysia was awarded renminbi qualified foreign institutional investor quota this week.
Securities regulator is expected to significantly expedite the approval process for retail funds in Malaysia by the end of this year, after introducing similar reforms for professional investors' products last month.
After struggling to raise assets from European investors, the Malaysian fund house has refocused on its domestic market. It plans to have more feeder funds and is looking for external managers to partner with.
Maybank's asset management arm plans to launch two new funds this year and use CIS to passport them to Malaysia and Thailand. The firm is also looking to hire a fund distribution specialist with a regional remit.
The Malaysian asset manager is partnering Nikko AM to tap Singapore's retail market and will target European institutional investors using Ucits funds. Thailand is also on its radar.