Malaysia Introduction

Malaysia is a country in southeast Asia that is separated by the South China Sea into 2 parts: Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo’s East Malaysia. It shares land and maritime borders with Thailand, Brunei, and Indonesia, and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Malaysia is a multiethnic and multicultural country, about half the population is ethnically Malay, with minorities of Chinese, Indian, and indigenous peoples. Kuala Lumpur is the capital and has a growing tech sector with highly skilled services professionals.


6.95%-15.95% (estimated)

★  4%-13% – Provident Fund (age-based contribution)

★  1.75% – Social Security

★  0.2% – Employment Insurance

★  1% – Human Resource Development Fund

Employment Terms

The minimum wage in Malaysia is MYR 1,500 per month, with a standard workweek of 8 hours per day with a maximum of 45 hours per week. Overtime work is regulated by employment contracts/collective agreements, and is paid between 150%-300% of the regular salary.

Types of Leave

Parent Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to paid maternity leave for 98 days, and can start at most 30 days before the due date. Maternity leave in Malaysia only applies for the first 5 children. Fathers can take 7 days of paternity leave after the birth.

Sick Leave

Employees can take paid sick leave, the length of which depends on the years of employment:

Paid Leave

There are 10 public holidays in Malaysia, and employees are entitled to paid time off each year (the length of which depends on the years of employment):

Public Holidays

Every employee in Malaysia is entitled to the 11 gazetted public holidays in Malaysia and any day specified as a public holiday under Section 8 of the Holidays Act under Section 60D of the Employment Act.

Termination Process


The termination process in Malaysia requires sufficient cause for dismissal without notice. Notice of termination of an employment contract must be given in writing and sent to the relevant government authorities.

Notice Period

While there is no statutory requirement for the length of notice periods in Malaysia, 30 days of notice is commonly given.

Severance Pay

Severance pay varies based on how long an employee has worked at their company:

Additional Information

While not legally required, it is customary to pay a 13th-month salary payment at the end of each the year in Malaysia. As of 2023, employees can now apply for flexible work arrangements, and employers have 60 days to respond with either an agreement or a reason for the rejection.

About Us

Elevate your workforce with E-Talent, a one-stop digital human resources solutions provider based in Singapore, serving Southeast Asia. We offer regional recruitment, HR consultancy, and talent acquisition services to businesses of all sizes. Our team of seasoned professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional HR services to help businesses achieve their goals.


+65 6634 2270
27B Club Street, S069413