It’s time to travel to this Southeast Asian nation and point out some interesting things, but not using our index fingers (that’s rude here – so we’ll point with our thumb instead). Welcome to Malaysia, a warm, multicultural, hospitable place where they rotate their kings, where food is revered, where sentences end in “lah” a lot, and where Jimmy Choo wore his baby shoes. It’s also a nation where authority is respected, but work-life balance, not so much.
Malaysia is the 17th stop on our ’round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.
They’ll hit you with work emails after-hours…
…and won’t react kindly to the high-pressure tactics
Fast Culture Facts for Malaysia
- 32 million, with a relatively low population density of 95 people per square kilometer. About 75% of the population lives in urban areas, such as the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, with a population of 1.8 million.
- 15.8 million – with a labor force participation rate of 68.4%– higher than the United States. Women make up a 38.4% of the workforce.
- Malaysia’s GDP reached $354 billion in 2018, making it the 22nd largest economy in the world, and. 7th largest in the Asia-Pacific region. About 55% of GDP comes from Malaysia’s services sector, with healthcare, technology and tourism as important contributors. Industry follows at 37 percent, and then agriculture at around 8 percent. Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme is expected to elevate its economy to “high income” status by 2024.
- Malaysia ranks 101stoverall in gender equality. Women make about 25% less than men for similar work. Malaysia is a diverse nation but its official religion is Islam (over 60 percent of its people are practicing Muslims). Recently, hard-line Muslims have made inroads in government, and women’s and LGBTQ rights have been described as “under attack.” Malaysia has laws banning employment discrimination based gender identity and sexual orientation, but homosexuality is outlawed and gay marriage is unrecognized.
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