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capital city

Capital

Kuala Lumpur

currency

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

date format

Date format

dd/mm/yyyy

region

Region

APAC

entitlement

Minimum holiday entitlement

8

paid public holidays

Paid public holidays per year

11

Additional leave compliance rules and complexities

Annual leave

Annual leave entitlement in Malaysia depends on the employee’s length of service. They get 8 days’ paid leave a year for their first 2 years in a role. This extends to 12 days per year once they’ve been in the role for more than 2 years, and 16 days a year once they’ve been in the role for more than 5 years. As well as 6 compulsory public holidays, Malaysia has 10 optional public holidays. Most employers observe all 10 of these, but as the holidays are optional, it’s not unusual for the customs to vary from business to business.

Sick leave

Sick leave varies depending on the length of service. For the first two years in a role, employees get up to 14 days’ sick leave each year. This extends to 18 days per year once they’ve been in the role for 2 years, and 22 days per year once they’ve been in the role for 5 years.

Maternity and paternity leave

Mothers can take at least 90 days’ maternity leave on full pay so long as they’ve been in the role for four months, though there are no provisions for paternity leave or shared parental leave.