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Key news related to the Malaysian workforce and labour regulations for local and/or foreign employees.

1st August 2019: YAB Prime Minister Calls for Foreign Business to Step Up Efforts to Help Strengthen Malaysia’s Future-Ready Competitiveness

On August 1st, Talent Corp organized a roundtable in Putrajaya, between the international chambers of commerce and the Prime Minister.
During the event, in which the MFCCI participated, the Prime Minister urged them and all the other chambers of commerce to help in making Malaysia an attractive investment destination globally, by pushing their forces towards driving innovation across industries and partnering with the Government.


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16th July 2019: Home and Human Resource ministries both responsible for managing foreign workers

After the HR Ministry denied its responsibility in managing the foreign workers in a report on the surplus of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia published on Monday, July 8th, the Home Ministry declared that managing foreign workers is the role of both the Home Ministry and the Human Resources Ministry.


11th June 2019: Move to accredit HR practitioners in the works

HR minister M. Kulasegaran announced that a new policy, aimed at accrediting and training HR professionals, is under way. The ministry plans to bring the ILMIA Research Centre to international standards to position it as "the single source for accreditations" in Malaysia.


January 2019: Employment Insurance System (EIS)

From January 1st onwards, the Social Security Organization (Socso) will enforce the new EIS. Jobseekers will now receive a fixed revenue of RM600 per month for up to three months while actively searching for work.

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February 2019: Government to cancel category 3 Employment Passes

The Government is considering cancelling category 3 employment passes (under RM5,000) in order to provide more jobs for local Malaysians. However, category 1 (above RM10,000) and 2 (between RM5,000 and RM10,000) employment passes are to be maintained.


1st May 2019: Better protection of the local workforce

Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran joined this year’s union march and declared that his ministry is working on the amendment of seven acts in an effort to end workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.


March 2019: Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET)

M. Kulasegaran, Malaysia’s Human Resources minister, has recently made a push to promote TVET to the Malaysian youth. The minister declared: “Skills training is very important and the country’s progress depends on it. I hope our young will pick TVET as the first choice.”


29th April 2019: Invest KL Corp., Talent Corp. Malaysia Bhd and CCIFM sign MoU

An exchange of a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Invest KL Corporation, Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad and CCI France Malaysia was further formalized during the Annual CCIFM Gala Dinner in the presence of over 400 guests representing the Malaysia French business community.

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