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

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


Company Name



AbbVie Sdn Bhd



APM Automotive Holdings Berhad



arvato Systems (M) Sdn Bhd



AUO SunPower Sdn Bhd



BASF (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd



Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn Bhd

Food & Beverage


Brunsfield International Group

Property, Construction and Engineering


Coca-Cola Bottlers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Consumer Goods


Continental Tyre PJ Malaysia Sdn Bhd



Denso (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd



Elken Sdn Bhd

Consumer Goods


Employees Provident Fund

Government Agency / Statutory Body


Fitness First Malaysia

Personal Services (Fitness)


Gabungan AQRS Berhad

Property, Construction and Engineering


Genting Malaysia berhad



Genting Plantations Berhad

Agriculture and Plantations


Hong Leong Bank Berhad

Financial Services


Inland Revenue Board Of Malaysia

Government Agency / Statutory Body


Jakel Trading Sdn Bhd



Kimberly-Clark Malaysia

Consumer Goods


Legoland Malaysia Resort



Manulife Insurance Berhad

Financial Services


Matrix Global Education Sdn Bhd



MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd



Petra Energy Berhad

Oil & Gas


Pharmaniaga Berhad



Prudential BSN Takaful Berhad

Financial Services


Qi Group Malaysia

Consumer Goods


RHB Banking Group

Financial Services


Sama – Sama Hotel KL International Airport



SAS Institute Sdn Bhd



Sime Darby Property Berhad

Property, Construction and Engineering


TNH Group Sdn Bhd

Property, Construction and Engineering


UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd

Manufacturing, Engineering


Unilever Malaysia

Consumer Goods


ViTrox Technologies Sdn Bhd



Worldwide Holdings Berhad

Property, Construction and Engineering


X-FAB Sarawak




HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2015

Worldwide Holdings Berhad was recognised as one of the best workplaces in the region winning the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2015 (Malaysia Chapter) award recently.

The award recognises and honours world-class corporations that demonstrates high levels of employee engagement and outstanding work culture. “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”, said Datin Paduka Norazlina Zakaria, Chief Executive Officer of Worldwide Holdings Berhad.

Recipients of the award were judged by an independent panel of industry experts, academics, journalists and government representatives, based on the HR Asia Employee Input Survey (EIS) Report and the HR Asia Workplace and Employee Engagement Survey.

This latest honour complements its which recognises employers with committed and high-performing employees, as well as sustainable business goals for success.


BrandLaureate’s ICON Leadership Award 2015

The BrandLaureate Awards 2015 at Majestic Hotel was the prestigious event of 2015 on 10 February 2015.

The Chief Executive Officer of Worldwide Holdings Berhad, Datin Paduka Norazlina Zakaria was selected as an inaugural recipient of the BrandLaureate Transformational Corporate Leaders Brands ICON leadership Awards’15 is a special and selective category for the Brands ICON leadership Awards at the BrandLaureate ICON Leadership Awards 2015.

The BrandLaureate Awards is organised by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) and recognises the most established brands in Malaysia and the region.