Corporate expats in Malaysia welcome new ten year visa

Published:  5 Dec at 6 PM
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Leaders of expat corporations in Kuala Lumpur are welcoming the Malaysian government’s new initiative grating ten-year residence status to foreign talents.

According to Talent Corporation Malaysia’s CEO Johan Mahmood Merican, over 1,000 Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) visas have been approved to date. Johan confirmed the success of the initiative to reporters immediately after his meeting with the Malaysian Prime Minister and various heads of foreign corporations in KL.

Official presentations of ten-year RP-Ts to leaders of foreign companies, foreign investors and experts took place at the meeting, with Johan stating that the move had been received with enthusiasm by corporate leaders. He added that his office would now discuss easing entry regulations for foreign experts in knowledge-intensive sectors who arrive to take up temporary advisory posts in the country.

Speaking at the meeting, the GM of Legoland Malaysia Siegfried Boerst said that students' skill levels can be raised by cooperation between Malaysian universities and industry, adding that strategic human resource plans should improve students’ skills throughout the entire period of study. He stressed it would then be possible to immediately employ graduates as part of the workforce.

Google Malaysia’s manager, Sajith Sivanandan, said that input by foreign experts will help develop a core pool of Malaysian talent able to deal efficiently with the critical skills requirements needed to drive direct foreign investment programmes. The country’s Economic Transformation Programme, he added, needs highly skilled foreign talent willing to commit on a long-term basis to training local graduates, as this will put Malaysia’s economic growth on the fast track..
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