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An Overview of Malaysia’s Human Resource and Labour Department

A Quick Guide to the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia The Ministry of Human Resources in Malaysia (MOHR) is also known locally as the Kementerian Sumber Manusia). It is a ministry within the Government of Malaysia itself.


The Vision and Mission of the Department

MOHR’s vision is to become the leading agency when it comes to the management and development of Malaysia’s workforce. The department as a mission that includes the following:

  • Always ensuring the health and the safety of the local workforce.
  • To create and nurture a workforce that is competitive, skilled, and knowledgeable.
  • Continuously nurturing a growing, productive, disciplined, and informative workforce that helps enhance economic growth and create better job opportunities.
  • Maintain industrial relationships between employers, employees, and the trade unions for the wellness of the public.
  • To be a leader in development when it comes to the nation’s human resource.
  • To continuously ensure that democracy is practised among trade unions.
  • Upholding social justice in resolving disputes between employer and employees.


What the MOHR Is Responsible For

The Ministry of Human Resources department is responsible for overseeing the following areas:

  • Skill development
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Labour
  • Industrial relations
  • Industrial court
  • Skills development
  • Social security
  • Labour market analysis and information


The Organising Committee

The Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia has an organisational structure that looks like this:

  • The main person in charge is the Minister of Human Resources
  • The Minister is followed by the Deputy Minister of Human Resources and the Secretary-General

The following departments will report to the Secretary-General:

  • Legal Division
  • Internal Audit Unit
  • Corporate Communication Unit
  • Key Performance Indicator Unit
  • Integrity Unit

The next that follows would be the Deputy Secretary-General (Policy and International). This person will oversee the following areas:

  • Policy Division
  • Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis
  • International Division
  • National Wages Consultative Council

Finally, there is the Deputy Secretary-General (Operations), who will oversee:

  • Development, Financial and Human Resources Division
  • Management Services Division
  • Account Division
  • Information Management Division
  • Inspectorate and Enforcement Division


The Federal Departments and Agencies

The MOHR oversees several federal departments and agencies too. They include the following:

  • Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia, or Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia (JTKSM)
  • Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), or Jabatan Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan (JKKP)
  • Industrial Court of Malaysia, or Mahkamah Perusahaan Malaysia
  • Manpower Department, or Jabatan Tenaga Manusia (JTM).
  • Department of Skills Development (DSD), or Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran.
  • Centre for Instructor and Advanced Skill Training (CIAST), or Pusat Latihan Pengajar dan Kemahiran Lanjutan.
  • Department of Trade Union Affairs, or Jabatan Hal Ehwal Kesatuan Sekerja (JHEKS).
  • Department of Labour Sarawak, or Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sarawak.
  • Department of Labour Sabah, or Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sabah.
  • Department of Industrial Relations Malaysia, or Jabatan Perhubungan Perusahaan Malaysia (JPP).
  • Productivity-Linked Wage System (PLWS), or Sistem Upah yang Dikaitkan dengan Produktiviti
  • Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), or Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO).
  • Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), or Kumpulan Wang Pembangunan Sumber Manusia (KWPSM).
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), or Institut Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Negara.
  • Skills Development Fund Corporation, or Perbadanan Tabung Pembangunan Kemahiran (PTPK).
  • Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA), or Institut Maklumat Dan Analisa Pasaran Buruh.

A Quick Guide to the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia