BIM was set up with the assistance of the Commonwealth Foundation in the year 1973 to serve as the umbrella body for all professions recognized by legislative Acts of Parliament in Malaysia. Membership has since been extended to include all other professional groups and disciplines where the recognition by the government authorities is still in progress. It is a non-discriminatory, non-political, non-religious and non-profit organization which encourages the promotion of integrity, accountability, transparency and good governance in the professions.
The objectives of BIM are:
- To promote, protect and enhance the status of the professional bodies.
- To encourage high standards of professional conduct.
- To encourage and declare the corporate opinion of members of the Centre in such quarters as it is deemed from time to time to be desirable and to make or support representation to Government and other appropriate bodies on questions affecting members of the Centre or of public interest.
- To encourage good relations between members of the Centre and the public