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Labour Market Segmentation in Malaysian Services

Jomo K.S. with Khong How Ling

Publication Year: 2010

This is the first book to look at labor in Malaysia's service sector, and also the first to use the labor market segmentation approach to study Malaysian labor. As in most other countries, the service sector in Malaysia has long accounted for more of the labour force than manufacturing. Studies of those working in the service industry in developing countries have tended to focus on the public sector and, in recent decades, the informal sector.

Published by: NUS Press Pte Ltd

Title page

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pp. v-vi

List of Tables

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pp. vii-ix

List of Figures

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p. x

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pp. xi-xii

This book has its origins in Khong How Ling’s PhD thesis submitted to Cambridge University in June 1991. It was written to address the dearth of information on and lack of understanding of the labour market in Malaysia, especially in the service sector. Khong sought to develop a framework with which modern sector and traditional sector services could be analyzed within...

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pp. xiii-xiv

Most studies of labour in developing countries have focused on the agricultural workforce and, more recently, on industrial workers, despite the fact that the services sector has long accounted for more of the labour force than manufacturing. This is as true of Malaysia as it is for most developing countries. Studies of those working in services have tended to focus on those in the public...

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1. Malaysia’s Post-Colonial Economic Transformation

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pp. 1-20

This opening chapter offers an overview of the changing nature of the economy in Malaysia. It begins with a review of trends in economic growth, structural change, and government spending in the post-colonial period to the expansion of services, especially modern services, particularly in the public sector. The relationship between economic performance on the one hand and Malaysian...

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2. Labour Market Segmentation in Malaysia

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pp. 21-61

Labour market segmentation in Malaysian services cannot be understood without studying labour market structure in the overall Malaysian economy. Segmentation in Malaysian labour markets is rooted in the country’s economic, social and political history. Attempts to redress inter-ethnic imbalances in wealth and income distribution through the New Economic Policy (NEP) have...

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3. Traditional Services Employment

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pp. 62-91

This chapter reviews the different sources of services employment for secondary labour categories: protected, unionized and regulated wage employment; unprotected wage employment, such as casual or contract work; selfemployment; and unpaid family employment in the peripheral segments, including informal sector employment in the squatter economy. The chapter...

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4. Modern Services Employment

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pp. 92-132

This chapter discusses the impact of services market structures and historical and socio-cultural conditioning on the modern service labour market in Malaysia. Various mechanisms of labour recruitment, compensation and mobility are examined, highlighting similarities and differences in the internal labour markets of public and private modern services. The origins...

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5. Conclusion: The Anatomy and Dynamics of Labour Market Segmentation

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pp. 133-137

Although the Malaysian economy has been undergoing rapid change since independence, its experience of structural change does not closely follow the three-stage model of economic growth, i.e. that of extractive industries leading to manufacturing and then later to services. As this study has shown, the service sector has always been significant from the early stages of economic...


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pp. 138-161


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pp. 162-163


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pp. 164-180


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pp. 181-193

E-ISBN-13: 9789971695828
Print-ISBN-13: 9789971694876

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: New

OCLC Number: 793084059
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Labour Market Segmentation in Malaysian Services

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Subject Headings

  • Labor market -- Malaysia.
  • Service industries workers -- Employment -- Malaysia.
  • Malaysia -- Economic conditions.
  • Service industries -- Malaysia.
  • Sexual division of labor -- Malaysia.
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