STAR Employers Frequently Asked Questions

Companies that participate in this Initiative are assisting in recouping the nation’s investment on Public Service Department (JPA) scholarships awarded to top Malaysian talent. Companies that have employed JPA scholars are therefore requested to:

  1. inform TalentCorp if a scholar will be or is subjected to disciplinary action or investigation by the company; and
  2. notify TalentCorp in the event of the resignation or termination of a scholar and provide reasons for resignation or termination.

Such information would assist in ensuring that the scholar serves his/her scholarship bond in a Malaysia-owned company.

The scholar's bond remains with JPA and is not transferred over to the company. Therefore, the company need not buy over the bond in order to employ the scholar. The period of the scholar's employment with the company will count towards serving his/her bond with JPA.

No, there are no costs involved for companies to participate in the initiative or to hire JPA scholars.

JPA scholars graduate in several cycles throughout the year from various universities around the globe and in-country. Participating companies will be able to check for new scholars at any point in time by clicking on 'Resume Request' on the STAR portal (

No, we do not impose any minimum number. We encourage companies to recruit as many scholars as they can.

No, the JPA scholarship bond is between the scholar and JPA. In the event the scholar leaves the company or does not comply with company regulations and is terminated, TalentCorp will not hold the company responsible. However, for monitoring purposes, the company is requested to inform TalentCorp regarding the termination or resignation of the scholar.

If the scholar has successfully completed the STAR procedures and has obtained JPA’s approval to work in a participating company, he/she will have the option of declining the call from Government and choosing instead to serve his/her bond in the private sector.

Termination of a scholar should be handled in the same way as termination of non-scholars in the company. However, for monitoring purposes, the company is requested to inform TalentCorp regarding the termination or resignation of a scholar.

The Initiative is only for JPA scholars who have been granted approval to participate.

The STAR Initiative is meant to be the platform for private sector companies to hire JPA scholars. If a company hires a JPA scholar outside of the STAR Initiative, kindly notify TalentCorp in order for steps to be taken in concert with JPA to “regularize” the scholar on to the Initiative. The scholar will then be able to serve his/her bond with the company in question.

Yes, you may. Please inform TalentCorp at your earliest convenience for the necessary steps to be taken to “regularize” the scholar on to the Initiative.

The initiative is currently open only for JPA scholars.

The initiative is currently open only for JPA scholars.

This Initiative allows companies, particularly those driving the ETP, to tap into a pool of talent that was previously inaccessible to them. This pool includes top talent from renowned universities around the world who will be able to greatly assist companies in achieving their goals and, as a result, help ensure the success of the ETP.

Interested companies may sign up at

It is preferable for subsidiary companies to be grouped under the parent company. However, if the two companies operate independently with separate HR departments that are not interlinked, the subsidiary company should register for its own account. TalentCorp will create individual accounts for HR Officers handling such matters.

STAR functions a platform for scholars and companies to regularize their employment.