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Salary Guide For Public Hospital Doctors In Malaysia

A public hospital’s doctor receives several allowances including for critical service.


The profession of a doctor is known to be challenging as it requires individuals to fulfil certain academic qualifications and possess the tenacity to commit to years of study and training. Moreover, as public hospitals tend to serve more patients than private institutions, doctors working in the civil service may also need to exhibit higher endurance and efficiency.

In Malaysia, one must undergo a five-year degree programme at an educational institution recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)A medical degree programme could cost you more than RM250,000 in total, depending on the type of institution you attend. Upon completion of the degree, graduates are assigned to a government hospital to begin their internship that will take a minimum of one year.

As medical officers, you are also required to serve at a government hospital for a period of less than two years. After that, you can choose to move to the private sector. Those interested in specialising in a particular medical field must undertake additional years of study and training.

Although the path to becoming a doctor is demanding, it offers significant rewards for individuals aspiring to help others and create a life-changing impact on their lives.

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Applying To Be A Doctor In A Public Hospital

The Public Service Commission is responsible for the recruitment of doctors in public hospitals in Malaysia. You are qualified to apply for the position of a doctor at a public hospital if you meet the following criteria:

  • Malaysian citizen
  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • Has a medical degree that is recognised by the government from a local university or any equivalent qualification and is provisionally or full registered with the MMC
  • Has been appointed under the Medical Act 1971 Section 12(1)(a)(ii) and met all medical regulations as stated in paragraph 12(1)(aa) and has registered with the MMC
  • Passed the Malay language subject including oral test during the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exams or any equivalent qualification

If you are making an application after your final year examinations, you can apply for a provisional certificate from the MMC. In Malaysia, registration with the MMC is mandatory to practise medicine. To register, you must graduate from an institution listed in Schedule 2 of the Medical Act 1971.

There are two types of registrations for local medical officers: provisional and full certificates. The provisional registration is for newly qualified medical graduates who need to begin their internship training. Once the internship is completed, you can register with the MMC as a fully registered medical practitioner.

Salary And Allowances For Doctors In Public Hospitals

Based on your working experience and qualifications, you will be hired as a medical officer with grades ranging from UD41, UD43, UD47, UD51 to UD53.

You will receive the following salaries according to your grade.

Grade  Monthly Salary (RM)  Annual Increment (RM) 
UD41    2,947.00 – 9,656.00  225.00 
UD43    3,611.00 – 10,560.00  250.00 
UD47  5,211.00 – 11,769.00  270.00 
UD51  5,860.00 – 12,449.00  290.00 
UD53    6,182.00 – 13,256.00  320.00 

Aside from a monthly salary, medical officers working in public hospitals are also eligible to receive the following allowances.

Critical service  RM750 
Surgery  RM80 per hour 
Duty allowance at difficult to access locations  RM500 – RM1,500 
On call (Active call)  RM200 – RM220 
On call (Passive call)  RM80 – RM140 
Locum  RM80 per hour 

Other Benefits Of Working In Public Hospitals

Doctors working in public hospitals enjoy a range of benefits. Firstly, they have access to free medical treatment, which also extends to their parents.

They are provided with living quarters or can opt for a housing loan at a 4% interest rate. Additionally, they are eligible for a vehicle loan at a 4% interest rate and a RM4,000 loan to purchase a computer.

As members of the civil service, doctors are entitled to either a pension or EPF (Employees Provident Fund) contributions. They also receive various types of leave, including:

  • Annual leave of 25 to 30 days
  • Hajj leave of 40 days
  • Sick leave
  • Maternity or paternity leave of up to 90 days
  • Study leave

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