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Malaysia is on par with the US and far ahead of Brazil, China, France, Germany, Korea, the Philippines, Sweden, Spain and Taiwan in terms of flexibility of hours worked
Doing Business
In terms of employment regulations, Malaysia is ahead of Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the UK.
Doing Business
Comparative salaries present an attractive proposition for employers. Let’s take an IT manager’s gross annual salary. Australia (US$92,873), China (USD66,291), Hong Kong (USD92,070), Japan (USD101,505), Singapore (USD75,134), South Korea (USD71,418), Thailand (USD36,644), the UK (USD88.998) and the US (USD85,600). In Malaysia the average is USD35,249.
NSW Government, Industry & Investment
Unlike nearby countries such as Vietnam and Thailand, running a semiconductor plant in Malaysia doesn’t demand a large investment in training workers because the required skilled labour is readily available.
Area Development Online
American technology companies report low turnover and low wage-inflation in Malaysia.
Area Development Online
In Labour Market Efficiency, Malaysia takes 4th placing, ahead of Australia (22), Brazil (33), China (5), Germany (26), India (13), Indonesia (9), Japan (14), The Netherlands (12), Russia (18), South Korea (35), the UK (36) and the US (17).
IMD Business School
In education and training, Malaysia at number 35 outranks Brazil (58), China (64), India (63) and Russia (46).
The Sourcing Line
Kuala Lumpur has a literacy rate of 97.5% and is home to 13 tertiary education institutions, 79 high schools, 155 elementary schools and 136 kindergartens.
More Malaysians speak English than there are English-speakers in Ireland, New Zealand or Russia. (Plus, if the Russians were to commission an ad like this, they’d get an Englishman to write it. We don’t need to.)
Approval of work permits for expatriates takes only seven days.
Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM)
The English gave Malaysia their lingua franca. Over 7.4 million now speak, read and write like the English.
Malaysia is a veritable United Nations of different ethnic groups, but with one difference. Here, diversity is strength. Malaysia’s 27 million people, a potpourri of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians, Kadazan, Melanau, Ibans, Dayaks, Bajaus and Dusuns peppered with Americans, Germans, French, Dutch, English, Japanese and Koreans, work as one.
Asian Info
In Attitude and Values, Malaysia takes pole position at No. 1, beating Australia (4), Brazil (16), China (26), Denmark (15), Germany (35), India (11), Indonesia (28), Ireland (10), Japan (31), The Netherlands (9), the Philippines (32), Russia (50), South Korea (22), Spain (54), Thailand (19), the UK (30) and the US (23).
IMD Business School
Ethical working environment. When it comes to a company's interactions with public officials, politicians and other enterprises, Malaysia is ranked 30th, ahead of Brazil (89), China (60), India (61), Indonesia (97), Italy (78), the Philippines (102), Russia (112), Taiwan (40), Thailand (69) and Vietnam (73).
World Economic Forum
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation) a unique organization established to direct and oversee MSC Malaysia, the national ICT development initiative, by advising the Malaysian Government on legislation and policies, developing industry-specific practices and setting the standards for multimedia and digital operations. MDEC is also responsible for promoting MSC Malaysia locally and globally, whilst providing strategic support to MSC Malaysia Status Companies.

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