Although there are no professional choirs in Malaysia, there are a handful of state-backed semi-professional choirs and many active amateur choral groups throughout the country. Many choirs in Malaysia are linked to schools, tertiary educational institutions, churches and other religious institutions, performing arts groups or registered musical societies. As a rule of thumb, any Malaysian choir which is able to attract trained international singers is usually superior in programming and vocal performance and more professional in outlook but such choirs are given very little coverage by the Malaysian media which only promotes all-Malaysian choirs.
Many of the adult choirs listed below actually share common singers, a phenomenon born out of the small pool of choral singers available to choirs in Malaysia. It is not uncommon for a particular choir engaged in a choral project to deplete as many as half a dozen other choirs of their singers.