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Locally Working In Malaysia

“Home is where the heart is” this is a common saying that you always hear. It sounds cliché but as people age, the more accurate this saying becomes. Being close to home gives a sense of security, it makes you feel that no matter what happens, how difficult things get or how bad things turn out, you can always find comfort and solace knowing that you are in your safe haven. Being in an environment where people are familiar invokes a reassuring vibe that things will turn out well. In this case, it is better to start building your home early, and where else to build it but in your home country, Malaysia. 

As young adults, working locally may seem a bore at first, but then again as time goes by, there is a sense of relief in things you are used to. Furthermore, aside from the fact that the Malaysian lifestyle is not as stressful as its other Asian counterparts, studies about the Malaysian working conditions show that the Malaysian government is an advocate of fair working policies that aims to protect their multicultural labor force. With citizenship as diverse as Malaysia, the country may be conservative but it is also generous to its people. To illustrate, here are key labor areas where Malaysian Labor Law excels:

1. Working hours

As set by the Malaysian Labor Law, the maximum working hour in a week is 48 hours with 6 days maximum working days. Consequently, in most companies, the normal working schedule usually follows the Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM pattern. However, unlike other countries, Malaysian Labor Law added protective provisions to safeguard the right and welfare of different sectors. Case in point, in select industries, women are not permitted to work between 10PM to 5AM. This is a concrete example of protecting women’s welfare and Malaysia’s thrust to embraces different religion and cultures.

2. Leave Entitlement

As mandated by the Malaysian Labor Law, confirmed employees working for a company for less than 2 years are entitled to Annual Leave Entitlement and Sick Leave Entitlement, 8 and 14 days, respectively. The leave entitlement also increases depending on the years of service and may be pro-rated, depending if the employee has not worked the full year. For medical leaves requiring hospitalization, employees are entitled to additional 60 days of leave annually. This leave credits scheme is a unique mandate that benefits the deserving employees.

3. Holidays

As a minimum standard, Malaysian law prescribes 10 paid holidays annually. This is in addition to observances in respect to religious and cultural beliefs of Muslims, Buddhists, Hindu and Christians housed by Malaysia. In comparison to its neighbors, counting the leave entitlements and holidays, Malaysia can be considered as one of the countries with the most generous leave entitlements

Check out this video to see how is it like working in Malaysia:

In view of the aforementioned laws, the Malaysian Labor Law is well on its way towards protecting its citizens. For sure, no law is perfect and as the world remains dynamic, thus the need of each country to continuously improve. Keeping abreast of relevant changes is a way to make sure that laws stay effective and efficient to promote and protect the welfare of its citizens. As observed in Malaysia, the people’s patriotism to one’s country is as crucial as the country’s devotion to its citizen. May this article entice Malaysians to work and support local industries.

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