The Liaison Office of Malaysia operated onboard the Central Maritime Hotel near Dili port from 13 April 2001 – 7 October 2001
On 8 October 2001, the Malaysian Liaison Office operated at a new location situated in the heart of Dili at Avenida Almirante Americo Thomas, Mandarin. Malaysia became the first ASEAN country to establish an embassy in Dili when the Liaison Office was upgraded to a full-fledge embassy on the eve of Timor-Leste’s Independence Day on 20 May 2002
H.E Abdullah Faiz Zain became Malaysia’s first ambassador to Timor-Leste when he presented his credential to H.E President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao at the Palace of Ashes in Dili on 18 September 2003. Ambassador Faiz ended his tour of duty to Timor-Leste on 30 November 2005. During his time, the embassy moved for the second time to a new premise at the beach front on 1 June 2005 at Jalan Pantai Kelapa.
On 9 February 2009, H.E Nazarudin bin Salleh arrived in Dili to begin his duty as the new Malaysian Ambassador in Timor Leste. Ambassador Nazarudin later presented his credential to President Jose Ramos Horta at the President's office on 11 Mac 2009.