What to know about jobs in Kuala Lumpur



Job Search

Expats who relocate to Kuala Lumpur would usually have a job waiting for them here before making the big move. That said, it is still possible to enter the Malaysia on a tourist visa and look for a job. On securing a job, your employer will be your sponsor so that you can apply for an employment visa. You will need a valid employment visa before you can start work. There is no public bureau to help expats in their job search, but there are newspapers you can turn to.

The English newspapers that have job classifieds are: * New Straits Times * The Star

Online job websites: * Malaysia Jora * Jobstreet Malaysia * Best Jobs Malaysia * Malaysia Jobs Directory

Holidays and Day-offs

People generally work a five-day week. Government agencies are closed every Saturday and Sunday. However, in the states of Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, government agencies are closed every Friday and Saturday.

There are holidays at national and state levels in Malaysia. National holidays are observed at most government and private organizations. State holidays are usually observed only by certain states or one particular state to which it is relevant.

National Public Holidays:

New Year’s Day    

January 1

Awal Muharram (Islamic New Year)

A day in December/January

Federal Territory Day     

February 1

Chinese New Year  

A day in January/February

Mawlid al-Nabi

(Birth of Prophet Muhammad)

A day in March

Labor Day   

May 1

Vesak Day   

A day in May

King’s Birthday    

A day in June

National Day 

August 31

Hari Raya Puasa

Two days in October


A day in October

Hari Raya Haji

Two days in November/December


December 25


Please note that some dates differ from year to year because they are calculated according to the lunar or Islamic calendar.