Malaysia moved up five places on the latest FIFA rankings, which were released on Thursday.
Even though Ong Kim Swee’s side haven’t played a competitive match since their 2-1 defeat against the UAE in November last year, the results of those ranked in proximity to Harimau Malaysia means they have moved up to 166th.
Other notable movers include Japan, who moved up two positions to 56th, and are Asia’s second-ranked team behind Iran (44).
Korea Republic dropped down four places to 57th, but neighbours Korea DPR moved up one to 94th.
China are now ranked 96th, two positions lower than last time out, while Thailand and Indonesia gained two positions are now ranked to 118th and 178th respectively.
At the top of the table, the top 10 remains unchanged, with Belgium leading the way ahead of Argentina, Spain, Germany and Brazil.
The only movement in the top 20 sees Italy and the Netherlands swap positions for 14th and 15th.
Top 10 nations as per the latest FIFA rankings, released on March 3, 2016
1. Belgium 1506
2. Argentina 1457
3. Spain 1374
4. Germany 1355
5. Chile 1307
6. Brazil 1254
7. Portugal 1234
8. Colombia 1215
9. England 1112
10. Austria 1095