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Malaysia garment makers worried by minimum wage hike 14 Aug 2018

Malaysia's garment and textile manufacturers are worried their government's new minimum wage of MYR1,500 (US$368) for the private sector – which was approved this week – could make the industry less competitive.


Malaysia makers to focus on quality to achieve growth 19 Feb 2013

Malaysia's textile and clothing industry is planning to focus on three key areas - higher value fashion, dyeing and finishing, and technical textiles - to sustain strong growth and continue to compete with significantly lower-cost competition elsewhere in Asia.

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Huntsman offers built-in sun protection for textiles 26 Jul 2018

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects has extended its High IQ performance assurance scheme to help meet consumer demand for garments and accessories with built-in sun protection.


Conference sets path for Asia-Pacific garment sector 12 Jul 2018

A conference in Malaysia has been hailed as setting the path for the Asia-Pacific textile and garment sector after 65 representatives from global union IndustriAll met with affiliates in the textile, garment, shoes and leather industries (TGSL) recently.


Malaysia minimum wage increase under review 4 Jul 2018

Malaysia's private sector workers could be close to receiving a higher minimum wage, with the Government expected to make an announcement by August.


Migrant garment workers facing pregnancy discrimination 28 Mar 2018

Female migrant garment and footwear workers are routinely facing pregnancy discrimination in Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand, a new report has found, with some facing deportation.


Rising spending power boosts Malaysia apparel exports  16 Aug 2016

Malaysia’s textile and apparel exports are understood to have climbed 10% in the first half of the year thanks to increasing global demand for high quality clothing and fabrics. 


Trade deals would boost Malaysia productivity and growth 6 Jul 2016

The implementation of new regional trade pacts would help Malaysia carry out key economic reforms needed to accelerate the country’s transition to high-income status, a new report says.


Labour may limit Malaysia TPP apparel shipments 23 May 2016

US imports of apparel from Malaysia are expected to increase under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement – although gains would be smaller in absolute terms than those seen for Vietnam.


Malaysia textile sector seen benefiting from TPP 10 Dec 2015

Malaysia could gain up to US$200bn in economic gains by 2027 through the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), as a result of further and faster investment growth and access to more markets. 


China and ASEAN upgrade FTA 24 Nov 2015

Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN member states and China have agreed on an upgrade to the ASEAN China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) – the world's largest in terms of the total population of its signatories.


US upgrade of Malaysia “sinister manipulation” of TPP 7 Aug 2015

A US government decision to upgrade Malaysia in its annual report on human trafficking has prompted accusations of “sinister manipulation” of the TPP negotiating process.