In The Spotlight
Towards Enhancing Malaysia as a Global Talent Destination
Malaysia aspires to be a high-income, advanced nation and to emerge as a global talent hub by the year 2020. In line with that, in 2010, the Government introduced the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to achieve Vision 2020 through the implementation of 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs), which represent economic sectors that significantly contribute to the country’s Gross National Income (GNI).
“The demand and supply ratio remains firmly in favour of candidates. While the region has not been immune from economic challenges, in a global context, Asia remains a hotbed of recruitment activity and omnipresent high level skill shortages are the continuous bane of hiring managers.”
- The 2014 Hays Asia Salary Guide
By Ken Soong
I am a Malaysian living in Melbourne, Australia. My brother, sister and I migrated here in 2004. Our parents came along as well. We applied under the “individual skilled migrant” category and later sponsored our parents. They were given a “bridging” visa from January 2005 until July 2012 before they were finally granted their permanent resident visa. This category of visa allows “aged parents” to stay in Australia on one condition – they must have “two-thirds” of their children living in Australia. Since all three of us were here, they had more than two-third majority.