Work and employment in Malaysia


Working in Malaysia

Hours, culture, working conditions

The Malaysian Employment Act defines 8 per day and 6 working days per week. Work and employment in Malaysia is not much difficult task.

There are special restrictions for women in the agricultural sector. They are not allowed to work between the time of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Malaysian workers can work for full-time employment at the age of 14. But there are certain defensive regulations covering adolescents aged 14 to 16. The labour law, in this case, differs in Peninsular Malaysia from that in Sabah and Sarawak. Under the age of 14 children can work as well but “only” six hours per day. The areas of work, are yet limited to non-physical work.

Normal business hours In Malaysia are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Many companies and government agencies also open until noon on Saturdays.


The Malaysian Labour Law prescribes a smallest of 10 days of paid holidays in a year. This is not that much, yet, there is another country which has as many religious holidays as Malaysia. Due to different cultures in Malaysia, there are Muslim Hindu and Christian holidays.

Looking for work

How to find a job in Malaysia

Although the English used in Malaysia, you have to learn the local language. This might help you to increase your chances to find a job and also to socialise with the locals. That again might help you expand your professional network.

If you decide to look for a job after arriving in Malaysia, social networking is the first step to take. You can start with social activities like joining a sports club where you can meet new people. It, however, goes unsaid that the better your Malay skills are, the easier it is to make new contacts. Later you should contact companies which are in your field of interest.

Where to look for a job

It is common to search for work and companies on the internet and there are many sites available for the Malaysian work market. The Malaysia Jobs Directory offers a rundown of the common Malaysian job-hunting websites. This is especially useful if you start your job hunting already in your home country. In this way, you can get an overview of the job market and see what offers the best options. You can also upload your CV on most of the pages and make the agency and companies search for you instead.

If you are in Malaysia, have a look into the classifieds of the main regional or national newspapers. Two of those, which are also available in English and also online, are the New Straits Times and The Star.

Another, yet very good method, is to send out conjectural applications. You have not to lumber across their advertisement. And most importantly, a good application displays self-confidence. So in this way, you can find any type of work and employment in Malaysia.