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Human resources and organisation development: Practice manual, readings and cases (1st ed)

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MURDOCH RESEARCH REPOSITORY This is the author's final version of the work, as accepted for publication following peer review but without the publisher's layout or pagination. Teh, E.C. (2006) Human Resource Management in Malaysia. In: Nankervis, A.R., Chatterjee, S.R. and Coffey, J., (eds.) Perspectives of Human Resource Management in the Asia Pacific. Pearson Education Australia, French's Forest, Sydney, Australia, pp. 157-178. Copyright © Pearson Education Australia It is posted here for your personal use. No further distribution is permitted. Chapter 8: Human Resource Management in Malaysia The Malaysian HRM context Introduction Malaysia is one of the fastest developing nations in Southeast Asia. This is attributed to the leadership of former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, under whose leadership Malaysia experienced its most radical readjustment post-independence in 1957 (Hamayotsu 2002). His vision of Malaysia as a modem Islamic state has been achieved by: implementing reforms that have given the indigenous majority Malays (Bumiputra) political power; a vigorous policy of government investment; and importantly, the integration of Islamic principles into everyday life, a feature of which is the harmonious relationship between the Bumiputra Muslim majority and other ethnic groups. As the country moves towards achieving developed nation status, Malaysia, like all nations, must deal with the forces of globalisation and the challenges it brings. To be successful on the world stage demands an efficient, educated workforce and, by implication, efficient and educated management. Malaysia, one of the Asian 'tiger' economies, is strategically positioned in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is a federation comprising 13 states and three federal territories and has an elected constitutional monarchy. The Supreme Head of State is the Yang d

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