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38 Malaysian Companies Named Best Companies to Work for in Asia

Companies named to the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2015 include Coca-Cola Bottlers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Elken Sdn Bhd, MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd, Petra Energy Berhad, Pharmaniaga Berhad, RHB Banking Group, Sama-Sama Hotel, SAS Institute Sdn Bhd and UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd.



The survey is developed by HR Asia and encompasses employees’ feedback and input, and management comments and presentation. The 7,000 participating employees were surveyed to determine their intention and motivation, emotional engagement and advocacy, using a 5-point scoring scale.

The survey produced some intriguing results providing valuable insights into Malaysian workplaces. The leading sentiment across all surveyed companies was the employees’ desire to Meet and Exceed Customer Expectations (4.54/5.00). This is closely followed by Having Good Friends at Work and Seeking Better Ways to Improve Effectiveness at Work, scoring 4.42 and 4.41 respectively.

On the other hand, the survey uncovered several areas for improvement across the surveyed companies. At the bottom rungs of the ladder stood Engaging Employees in Decision Making Process, Recognition or Praise for Doing Good Work, and being Informed about the Goings-on in the Organization. These were seen as major weaknesses particularly the lack of transparency that were likely to create mistrust between employees and their employers.

“This is one of the most scientific and extensive surveys on employee engagement and workplace practices in this region. Through the survey, HR Asia has discovered that many of these companies – both local and international – have workplace practices that are on par with the best in the world,” said Dato’ William Ng, group editor-in-chief of Business Media International, the publisher of HR Asia.

“Collectively, these award-winning companies have created great workplace environments and pushed the boundaries beyond traditional workplace and employee engagement practices. These are successful stories and experiences of both local and multinational organizations from diversified industries,” said Ng.

Award an Inspiration for Good Employers

Many of the recipients were overwhelmed at being named as among the Best Companies to Work For, with most crediting their employees for their achievements.

“To be accorded this honour tells us that we’re on the right track, and reaffirms our purpose to be the fitness leader who inspires people to go further in life’ – whether they’re our employees, our members, or the public at large,” says Kurt Stocks, managing director of Fitness First Malaysia.

“We are both humbled and honoured to know that Brunsfielders’ sense of passion and engagement has enabled this meaningful recognition,” says Goh Siew Chin, human resources director of Brunsfield International Group.

“Winning in AbbVie is never to prove that we are better but a continuous road of knowledge in improving ourselves for a better tomorrow,” says Mupindra Singh, country manager of AbbVie Malaysia.

“This award represents a key milestone of our Reaching for Greatness journey, inspire repeatable success within teams and is a recognition that our employees are proud to work at Kimberly-Clark Malaysia,” says Danny Tan, managing director of Kimberly-Clark Malaysia.

“We are delighted and humbled to win this award, this award validates our efforts to be an employer of choice, and recognize us as one of the best companies to work for in Asia,” – Yun Leong Yu Assistant Vice President – Manpower & Compensation, Human Resources Department.

“We are honoured to receive this prestige recognition for our People – the core contributor to the success of our Company,” says Thomas Kathofer, managing director of arvato Systems Malaysia.

“Winning the award for 2 consecutive years testifies our consistent commitment in employee engagement and implementing good work practices.” – Mohamed Iqbal Abdul Rahman, COO.

“I believe this success is because Worldwide Holdings has always been a People’s Company. We make our people a top priority. I feel honoured and blessed,” says Datin Paduka Norazlina Zakaria, CEO of Worldwide Holdings Berhad.

“We are pleased and honoured to win this award for the second consecutive year, at Petra Energy we aim to create a platform for employees to be the best version of themselves. This award is testament to our efforts.” – Dato’ Anthony Bujang, Group Chief Executive Officer.

“For the QI Group to be recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Asia is a tremendous achievement. This award will serve as great encouragement for all of us to continue to place our people at the top of our priorities,” says Christopher I. Watson, chief human resources officer, Qi Group.

“I would like to dedicate this award to all AUSPians who made our company the best place to work. With their never ending stream of positive energy, this company has grown so much in just 5 years and will continue to succeed,” says Chin Siong Chen, HR Director AUO SunPower Sdn. Bhd.

“We are pleasantly surprised with the award, this goes to show that our HR practices have been keeping with the times by creating an environment where employees are genuinely happy and excited about where they work and what they do,”says Low Seng Chee, chief executive officer of APM Automotive Holdings Berhad.

About HR Asia

HR Asia is Asia’s largest circulating publication for senior HR professionals. With over 18,000 copies distributed every issue, and an on- and off-line audience exceeding 200,000, HR Asia is the go-to brand for HR professionals seeking quality business intelligence and industry updates. HR Asia is published by Business Media International, a regional leader in B2B intelligence.

Full List of Malaysian Recipients of the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2015

NoCompany NameIndustry
1AbbVie Sdn BhdBiopharmaceutical
2APM Automotive Holdings BerhadAutomotive
3arvato Systems (M) Sdn BhdTechnology
4AUO SunPower Sdn BhdManufacturing
5BASF (Malaysia) Sdn BhdChemicals
6Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn BhdFood & Beverage
7Brunsfield International GroupProperty, Construction and Engineering
8Coca-Cola Bottlers (Malaysia) Sdn BhdConsumer Goods
9Continental Tyre PJ Malaysia Sdn BhdManufacturing
10Denso (Malaysia) Sdn BhdAutomotive
11Elken Sdn BhdConsumer Goods
12Employees Provident FundGovernment Agency / Statutory Body
13Fitness First MalaysiaPersonal Services (Fitness)
14Gabungan AQRS BerhadProperty, Construction and Engineering
15Genting Malaysia berhadHospitality
16Genting Plantations BerhadAgriculture and Plantations
17Hong Leong Bank BerhadFinancial Services
18Inland Revenue Board Of MalaysiaGovernment Agency / Statutory Body
19Jakel Trading Sdn BhdRetail
20Kimberly-Clark MalaysiaConsumer Goods
21Legoland Malaysia ResortHospitality
22Manulife Insurance BerhadFinancial Services
23Matrix Global Education Sdn BhdEducation
24MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn BhdTechnology
25Petra Energy BerhadOil & Gas
26Pharmaniaga BerhadPharmaceutical
27Prudential BSN Takaful BerhadFinancial Services
28Qi Group MalaysiaConsumer Goods
29RHB Banking GroupFinancial Services
30Sama – Sama Hotel KL International AirportHospitality
31SAS Institute Sdn BhdTechnology
32Sime Darby Property BerhadProperty, Construction and Engineering
33TNH Group Sdn BhdProperty, Construction and Engineering
34UMW Corporation Sdn BhdManufacturing, Engineering
35Unilever MalaysiaConsumer Goods
36ViTrox Technologies Sdn BhdManufacturing
37Worldwide Holdings BerhadProperty, Construction and Engineering
38X-FAB SarawakManufacturing


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