City: Kuala Lumpur
GDP (nominal) 2013
- Total US$340B
- Per capita US$12.2K
GDP: (PPP) 2013
- Total US$521B
- Per capita US$17.7K
Perceptions Index (2012): 49
Government: Presidential democracy
has emerged as a regional hub for Southeast Asia, secondary
only to Singapore in importance. Its infrastructure has been steadily
improving and the government has been astute at learning from
Singapore's success and implementing
policies and laws that enable it to be a strong rival to its
has an interesting ethnic mix of Malay peoples (the majority) with
sizable minority populations of Chinese and Indians. It
has retained some of the better aspects of its former British
colonial rule and has become one of the best examples of a
successful progressive country in Southeast Asia.
expatriates become comfortable living and working in Malaysia and
enjoy its exotic and diverse culture although the adjustment
period is sometimes longer than for more developed
Southeast Asia, Malaysia is considered the second most advanced
nation and is far along the path to developed
of Management Talent
has established itself as a preferred location for regional
head-quarters of multinational companies and is well on the way
toward developing an adequate number of
Malaysian managers capable of working at
international levels. Local managers are often grouped into 3
main ethnic groups: Malay,
Chinese and Indian. There are various perceptions of
suitability among the groups for different types of roles.
expatriate managers are also available in Malaysia but in smaller
number compared to Singapore and Hong Kong. Depending on the
industry, there is a slight cost differential between these people and
local Malaysian managers although this is steadily being eroded.
In many industries, local managers earn as much as any expatriate could
ever hope to.
has a supply of local managers with international education that is
one of the best in Southeast Asia.
Malaysian universities are beginning to be recognized as good
quality and the majority of successful managers come from the best
of these. Some of the better known include: University of Malaya,
Technological University of Malaysia, National University of Malaysia
and Putra University of Malaysia.
increasing number of multinational
companies with regional head-quarters in the country means that a
growing number of managers have been developed to staff these
has developed a number of world-class companies that are also
developing superior management talent. Organizations such
MayBank, Telekom Malaysia, Berjaya Group, PPB Group, among others, operate
at international standards and develop capable
Malaysia has been a fast growth economy for a number of years and
the number of career opportunities with high-paying international
companies has also grown. Job stability is still relatively strong compared to
less career stable countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong and
Vietnam. Malaysian managers seem comparable to European
managers in job stability.
is widely spoken in Malaysia among educated people. Most experienced Malaysian managers
have acceptable international English communications skills as well
as Asian languages. Within Southeast Asia, only
Singapore and Philippines have better English communication
managers are often interested to relocate to other countries to
advance their career and income opportunities.
They are flexible and open-minded and can be successful in both
developed and emerging countries.
superb managers can be particularly good choices for senior roles in less developed
countries since they are usually able to
adapt relatively easily -- they are self-supporting and get along
well with local staff. As
well, their income expectations are often more suitable for
smaller emerging countries -- unlike those of
expatriate managers from Singapore, Hong Kong and other more advanced
are an interesting blend of cultures. On the one hand, they
seem to retain many of the good aspects of traditional cultures
such as loyalty, respect, politeness, etc. But they can also
be highly professional and career motivated (and money motivated)
when considering new opportunities.
is well on its way to becoming a developed country. Management
salaries are not as expensive as those of Singapore, Hong Kong and
other developed countries but they are higher than all other less
developed countries within Southeast Asia (including Philippines,
Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam).
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consultants or international journalists who refer to them. For a complete list of published work,
Getting Ready For The
Deluge: Outsourcing in Philippines
Chalre Associates senior staff
Economist Intelligence Unit of the Economist magazine
asked Chalre Associates' Chairman, Richard Mills,
to write a chapter about the Philippine outsourcing sector
in its annual Business Guide Book. The material
provides a Executive Briefing on the progress and major
issues facing this industry that is certainly one of most
significant growth stories in the world.
Asia Pacific Mining
Conference 2007 - Report
Chalre Associates senior staff
The 7th Asia Pacific Mining Conference put on by the Asean
Federation of Mining Associations was perhaps the largest
such event in the region. Richard Mills, Chairman of Chalre Associates
gave this report on what was said by the prominent mining
people who presented.
State of BPO in Philippines: Dan Reyes Speaks
Chalre Associates senior staff
Mills, Chairman of Chalre Associates,
interviewed Dan Reyes of Sitel for ComputerWorld (US) recently to get
his views on the state of the BPO industry in Philippines. Dan
presented US readers with compelling information to support his view
that Philippines is currently seen as the "Number 1" option by global
companies sending BPO work to offshore destinations.
Dan Reyes is easily one of most experienced Business Process
Outsourcing (BPO) managers in the Asia Pacific region and the world. He
is head of the extremely successful Philippine operations of Sitel, the
world's largest call center organization. Among other things, he is a
founder and former president of the Business Processing Association of
the Philippines. more