The Malaysian Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 (Act 555) & Regulations requires any person who teach in a private higher educational institution to possess a valid permit to teach.
Under Clause 5.1 of the Act: "A person shall obtain a permit to teach issued by the Registrar General before he may be allowed to teach in any private higher educational institution."
Clause 81(e) of the Act states that: "Where a person teaches in a private higher educational institution without a permit to teach, a person will be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding Ten Thousand Ringgit or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or both."
As stated in UTAR’s Academic Staff Manual, all academic staff must provide the required documents for the teaching permit application to DHR within the first week of their employment.
Any renewal or update of Teaching Permit is the responsibility of the staff concerned who is to notify DHR by submitting the required documents to effect the application.