PETALING JAYA: The move to expedite the hiring process of foreign talent is set to benefit the electrical and electronics industry, says the Malaysia Semiconductor Industry Association (MSIA).
On Wednesday, Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli said the process for companies seeking to hire professional expatriates will be shortened from about three to six months to about 20 days.
Rafizi, who is also the co-chair of the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (Pemudah), said this would be made possible through a “single window approach” that will be implemented from June 15.
MSIA president Datuk Seri Wong Siew Hai, who is also the co-chair for Pemudah’s technical working group on human capital, said cutting the hiring time from six months to 20 days was an eight-fold improvement over the existing process.
“The entire process of streamlining and shortening the process is testament to Pemudah’s ability to problem-solving.
“The collaboration and co-operation by all stakeholders including the various ministries, government agencies and the private sector shows how much we can achieve, if we put our minds to it,” he said in a statement.
Wong added that businesses in Malaysia could take comfort that the government will do all it can to further improve the business environment in Malaysia. “This will only enhance Malaysia’s competitiveness,” he said.
According to Rafizi, under the new system, visa application and approval will be shortened to five days from 30 days.