Part-Time Working in Malaysia

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Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country that occupies parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It is known for its beaches, rainforests, and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European cultural influences. Over the years, Malaysia has emerged as a top study destination because of its quality education system. Besides, its educational institutes rank within the top 200 universities in the world. Moreover, Malaysia is an accessible study location and let us see if students can also take up part-time work opportunities.

We have listed different part-time work opportunities in this article, but before we dive into it, let us see the benefits of taking up part-time jobs.

Benefits of a Part-time work

After attending additional hours of classes, it is a total drag to go for one more round of a four-hour shift job. Nevertheless, it helps you to make some extra income on the side to gain valuable work experience. 

Earn extra money

While being a student means little or no money. Still, when you’re working part-time, you no longer have to worry about being able to afford the essentials – or relying on your parents or student funding to get by. 

You will start learning to manage your money

So, when you spring up to make money of your own, you tend to be more cautious about what and how you use your hard-earned money. Also, not only can new employment help you build up long-term savings, but it also makes you financially aware from a young age.

You gain transferable skills

Moreover, a part-time job can encourage you to learn skills that a university or college degree won’t teach you.

You become more confident

Any job can help you come out of your casing and help in growing your confidence and belief. And most student jobs have been seen in hospitality and retail, which are both mainly customer-facing industries. Moreover, it lets to interact with lots of people that you wouldn’t usually talk to. As a result, you’ll learn to be more comfortable around others.

Joining as a Part-Time Employee

Students can work on a Part-Time basis to support their education and other financial needs. Working would not only provide students with financial support but also give them exposure and experience in the working world. Many colleges and universities offer internships to the students as a part of their program. Thus, students can also earn through internships and continue with their studies very quickly.

Part-time work in Malaysia
Part-time work in Malaysia

Part-time working conditions for non-Malaysian students

All students wanting to work part-time must have a valid ‘Student Pass.’ Therefore, for the ‘Student Pass,’ one should submit:

  • A copy of passport (page with information of the bearer and the valid Student Pass) 
  • Address, Contact number and letter from the proposed employer 
  • RM120.00 (Non-refundable processing fee) 

The representative of the University forwards the application to work part-time to the Immigration Department Headquarters Malaysia. Further, the University must provide a supporting letter that allows the Non-Malaysian student to work. Moreover, it includes the dates of the semester breaks. Furthermore, Students appear interviews to clear the application approval process. The passport of students who gets approval gets endorsed accordingly.

The University is required to submit a quarterly report to the Immigration Department about the students’ academic progress. The extension of the approval to work solely depends on the excellent academic record.

Important Note

The Director-General of Immigration Malaysia has the right to approve or reject any Non-Malaysian student’s application to work under section 9 (1) (a) Immigration Act 1959 / 1963 Amendment 2002.

Type of part-time work opportunities

 A Convenience Store

Clerk or cashier is a popular option if you wish to work in a convenience store. Job responsibility would differ from one store to another, for instance, to maintain daily operations to keep the convenience store operating evenly. Other responsibilities include ringing customers’ purchases, managing inventory, organizing, and stocking merchandise.

Working At A Fast Food Place

Fast food is another favorite among part-time workers. You will be required to serve customers. Since fast-food workers work in different shifts, they are required to learn about all areas like counter, serving, kitchen, etc. Depending on the working shift and workload, you may be responsible for preparing and serving the food and handle credit and currency transactions.

Working At A Bar/Cafe

Working as a bartender in Malaysia at a bar/cafe is fun, especially if you love loud music and people. Also, If you enjoy meeting people and enjoy outgoings, becoming a bartender can be the right selection for you. 

Responsibilities include serving drinks in places like pubs, bars, and coffee shops, collecting payment and operations, organize and communicate with customers. The employer looks for excellent communication skills. Besides, you need to have a good command of Malay.

Working At A Restaurant

Working at a restaurant is somehow related to working at a cafe or fast food place. Your primary job includes assisting the customers, taking orders, and assuring satisfaction to that customer, clearing and cleaning tables, and occasionally operating the machines. 

Working At A Supermarket

Working at a supermarket is another good option. You will be responsible for assisting customers, receiving, storing, and stocking of products, etc. One has to be familiar with store products. You also need to know the location to assist customers in locating items. 

Working as a part-time English teacher/Tutor

Working part-time as an ESL teacher is the best job as it offers flexible hours, and at the same time, pays a lot more than the other part-time jobs. Besides, It is the only part-time job where nationality comes into play. Also, it is an excellent opportunity for those individuals who are from native English speaking countries and have a Bachelors’s degree. 

Nevertheless, undergraduate students or graduate students with a good command of English is preferred, regardless of their nationality. 


Many part-time work in Indonesia mostly involve store-keeping or working as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant. With your skill and educational background, you may feel such tasks don’t help you to grow as an individual or help you with your future career.

Freelancing, just like another part-time job, is a perfect method to build your resume in the long run, to earn money, and to expand your knowledge and working experience. So, utilizes your skills, knowledge, or talent to get jobs that suit your needs.

Part-time work in Malaysia
Part-time work in Malaysia

Where to Find Part-Time Employment

  • The Internet
  • Local Newspapers
  • Job notices outside the stores/restaurants
  • Recruitment Services
  • Word of Mouth

CV and application

An application usually comprises of a CV, a cover letter, and relevant certificates. A cover letter should be short and not more than a page. The CV should be chronological, starting with your most recent job. One should modify their CV as per the applied position. Further, it should emphasize skills that are relevant to the applied position.

Tips For Working Part-time In Malaysia

  • If you decide to work part-time in Malaysia, make sure that you negotiate working terms, conditions, and your hourly pay in advance before starting work. 
  • Get help for a local friend to avoid misunderstandings
  • Make sure that you have proper sync with your employer
  • Get everything in writing. 
  • A written agreement/contract between both parties is essential.

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