Types of Industries in Malaysia Foreigners Not Permitted

  Although Malaysia is on the map of liberalization many of its industries and sectors are set to welcome foreigners, there are some industries and positions where foreigners are not permitted to engaged. This is due to these industries and positions are easily available and offered by the Malaysians for you as foreigners to employ them. Malaysia Government encourage all foreign companies in Malaysia to hire Malaysians as much as possible.


List of Industries and Jobs in Malaysia That Foreigners Are Not Encouraged to Participate :


Engineering / Technical Expert

  • Conveyor Vulcanizing
  • Digital Imaging
  • High Precision Tools And Die Maintenance
  • Manufacturing Systems Designers
  • Experts In Steel Treatment (Melting And Casting)
  • Underwater welders
  • Material Technologists
  • Instrument Specialists (For Petrochemical Industry)
  • Sensor Technologist
  • Wireless Technologist
  • Radio Frequency Designers
  • Auto Systems Designers
  • Offshore Field Operation
  • Photonics
  • Wafer Fabrication
  • Metallurgist


Geosciences and Geophysical Disciplines

  • Metallurgists
  • Geoscientists
  • Geotechnologists
  • Seismologists


Medical and Pharmacy

  • Technical
  • Production
  • Specialists


Electrical & Electronics

  • Analogue Designers
  • Microwave Designers



  • Renewable Energy


Textiles & Minerals Industry

  • Dye Technologists
  • Dyeing Technicians
  • Craft/ Design Specialists
  • Jewellery Designers
  • Teachers and Trainers for Jewellery Production
  • Embroidery Specialists
  • Apparel Specialists
  • Fabric Specialists
  • Designers
  • Cutting Specialists


Wood Industry

  • Wood Technologists
  • Technical Specialists
  • Framework / Design Cutting Specialists
  • Designers
  • Craftsman/ Engraving


Food Industry / Biotechnology

  • Product / Flavoring Specialist
  • Dyestuff Specialists
  • Tea / Food Tasters
  • Disease Control / Quarantine
  • Biotechnology Analysts
  • Biotechnologists
  • Food / Nutrient Technologists
  • Genetic Engineering Specialists


Type of Business Not Allowed in Distributive & Retail Sectors:

  1. Supermarket and minimarket
  2. Provision shop
  3. Furnitures  and fittings
  4. Photo frames shop
  5. Textiles and clothings
  6. Computer accessories
  7. Hair salon
  8. Laundry shop
  9. Massage parlour
  1. Small and non-exclusive Restaurant
  2. Prepaid card Business
  3. Cyber Café
  4. Car glass and aluminium work shop
  5. Herbal  product Business
  6. Spa- only for shareholders and spa in hotels
  7. Cleaning and maintenance
  8. Restaurant, bistro and café – exclusive concept & shareholders allowed   


Positions Not Allowed Under Construction Industry:

  1. Electrical chargeman
  2. Electrical wireman
  3. Telephone and Telegraph Fixing
  4. Air conducting Fixing
  1. Installation of  lift and escalator
  2. Excavator operator
  3. Shovel operator


Positions Not Allowed Under Timber Industry:

  1. Timber Factories - Most categories of job
  2. Furniture factory - All machinery specialist
  3. Forest Mills - Most categories of job


Positions Not Allowed Under Sport Industry:

  1. All management positions except trainer and sport consultant


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