Matsuyama finished runner-up at the event in Malaysia last year, losing out to American Justin Thomas by three strokes, and he is fancied to challenge for victory once again.
The Japanese enjoyed a good 2016/17 season, adding the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to his collection whilst he also climbed to number three in the world.
At 25 years of age, the Ehime-born star is yet to break his Major duck but came agonisingly close this year when finishing tied-second at the US Open - his best result in one of the 'big four' tournaments.
Matsuyama, a five-time PGA Tour winner, will be making his first appearance of the new season this week and he is aiming to start off with a bang at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club,
He said: "Hopefully I can play well again and just have as good a season. It is very important to play well in the opening events."
Several of the world's best players will be in attendance with England's Paul Casey, Belgian Thomas Pieters, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello and South African Charl Schwartzel all gunning for glory.