Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2022)
33.2 milion

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit

No data

Measurement work

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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?


Malaysia Volunteers Corps Act 2012

Year 2012
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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?


Name of specific policy, strategy or plan on volunteering at the national level. Year created Source link What are the relevant SDG areas/crosscutting themes of the policy, plan scheme or strategy?

Creation of Malaysian Volunteer Corps Department (RELA)

2013 View source

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?


VNR Reporting

Malaysia Sustainable Development Goals Voluntary National Review 2017

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 62

National Blue Ocean Strategy initiatives – Implemented since 2009, this Strategy could be a way forward to better mobilise resources. [...] These savings could be channeled to other development needs. While large savings have been reported for inter-Government agency initiatives, more than half of the NBOS initiatives leveraged resource contributions from non-Government stakeholders, including CSOs, NGOs, educational institutions and volunteers.

No mention

Malaysia Voluntary National Review 2021

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 66

The polio vaccination campaign in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is a remarkable testament to the efforts of Malaysian healthcare workers. In addition, the successful collaboration among Government, volunteers and other agencies, as well as the trust of parents and caregivers to make informed decisions ensured that all children were fully vaccinated against polio.

Paragraph 2, page 107

 The response to the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the tremendous strength of unity. In particular, the sheer number of volunteers from the CSOs and social enterprises who complemented Government’s efforts in providing support and aid to the most vulnerable communities. This is reflected in a social movement that is known as #KitaJagaKita (directly translated as “we take care of each other”) as well as other initiatives including from state-owned enterprises (SOEs), foundations and other organisations that mobilised funding and efforts to support those in need.

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