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MDEC Organizing a Work Visa Programme for Tech Freelancers to work in Malaysia

Recently, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has been piloting a work on a visa project that will see more tech freelancers working in Malaysia due to the urgent need for blockchain-experienced talents.

MDEC growth ecosystem development, Vice-president Norhizam Abdul Kadir announced the submission of proposal papers to the Immigration Departments and the Home Ministry for the Digital Freelancer Programme.  The presentation of the proposal papers intends to encourage foreign talents to work in Malaysia for a short-term.

According to Norhizam the vice-president the program leveraged off the Professional Visit Pass that permit foreign with a professional qualification or blockchain skills to enter Malaysia and work for as long as 12 months, or go through practical training with Malaysian Company representing the overseas company.

The vice-president Norhizam Abdul Kadir, later on, stated the process that will make the program possible,   he said that the MDEC would tag along with the blockchain organization Nem Foundation and the Estonian cross-border job marketplace Jobbatical.  Each one of them will play its role, for instance, Nem Foundation will describe the talent needed, and the type of skill while Jobbatical would supply them, the Immigration would assist in approving the qualified talent by providing the PVP to the skilled talents.  MDEC will finalize the program by facilitating the whole process.

During a press release, the vice-president said, “We will be kicking it (the program) off starting with Blockchain jobs.  The number of Visas to be issued depends on the projects that will be run by blockchain companies in Malaysia,”

Nem Malaysia CEO Jasmine Ng who expressed herself by saying the following; the measurement that is taken will not only enable Malaysia to tackle the demand of blockchain technology but through the visiting talent, the local staff will also be up-skilled, which is a win-win situation.

Jasmine Ng was asked how many foreign staff they were looking forward to hiring, “it would come down to costing as international talent expect to be paid in US dollars and those with the relevant skill sets in programming and blockchain command a fairly high salary” Jasmine answered.

Malaysia Innovation Policy Council (MIPC) first proposal of the Digital Freelancer Programme will be summoned for the first time next Monday, whereby the council was first introduced by the MDEC as a platform to facilitate growth in the tech industry by promoting regulations and policies that motivate innovation.