Malaysia's biggest challenges at the 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup will come in the form of Vietnam and Singapore after being drawn together in Group B on Tuesday.
Myanmar and Laos are the other two teams in the same group as the Harimau Malaya.
Meanwhile in Group A, defending champions Thailand will have the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and either Brunei or Timor-Leste to reckon with.
Malaysia, whose only AFF Championship success came in 2010, were knocked out in the group stage in the previous edition under then-head coach Tan Cheong Hoe.
Since then, Kim Pan-gon was appointed as the new head coach and led the national team to qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.
The 2022 edition of the AFF Championship is schedule to kick off on December 20, just days after the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar concludes, providing continuous football action for Southeast Asian football fans.
The tournament concludes with a two-legged final in January next year.