This MWKA Online Talk was delivered on 12 August 2020 by Mr John Chang and moderated by Ms Diana Cheak. Please visit to register for upcoming talks.


It is common for businesses to hire employees on a fixed term contract, on the assumption that the renewal of the fixed term contract is at the option of the employer. However, this may not be the case as the court may decide that a fixed-term contract is in substance a permanent employment contract, the non-renewal of which may amount to unfair dismissal.

Talk points:
● General principles on fixed term employment contracts
● In what circumstances will a fixed term contract be considered a permanent employment contract?
● Can foreign employees be employed on a permanent basis?
● Federal Court decision in Ahmad Zahri Mirza Abdul Hamid v Aims Cyberjaya Sdn Bhd

Speaker: John Chan (Senior Associate)
Moderator: Diana Cheak (Senior Associate)

A copy of the talk slides in PDF format is available for download here.

Does the Non-renewal of Fixed Term Employment Contracts Amount to Unfair Dismissal?

25 August, 2020


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