Before you can be a Malaysia Employment Pass holder, the Expatriate Committee (EC) or other relevant authority must grant approval. The pass will only be issued if you are able to fill your required position.
This prior approval is needed as the Malaysian government has currently has strict regulations imposed on the number of foreign workers that a Malaysian-based company can employ. If these companies intend to hire foreigners, they are required to prove to the authority on why the chosen foreigners are important to the position and how can they contribute.
The companies will also need to state reasons on why a local is unable to fill the position. Before proceeding with the Malaysia employment pass application, companies must request a quota from the Immigration Department.
The steps for applying a Malaysia employment pass are as follows: