Terms for M'sians working abroad to return eased


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 29 May 2003

BY WANI MUTHIAH

PUTRAJAYA: The Government has made it easier for Malaysians working abroad to return home for good under the “Application of the Malaysian Professional Working Abroad” scheme. 

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said the tenure of working experience in a foreign country for one to be certified as an expert here has been relaxed. 

“In the past, those with PhD degrees were required to have worked overseas for four years before they could apply to come back, but now they need to have only two years of working experience in a foreign country,” said Dr Fong, who spoke to reporters after chairing his ministry’s weekly post-Cabinet meeting yesterday. 

He added that the number of years for those with Masters degrees has been reduced from six to four years and Bachelor degree holders needed only six years of working experience as opposed to the previous requirement of eight years. 

Diploma holders, however, are still required to possess 10 years of working experience before they qualify to come home under the scheme. 

“The Government is doing this so that more experts will come back,” said Dr Fong, adding that about 200 applicants, out of the 500 submissions received, have been approved since 2001. 

Six priority fields such as information and communications technology, science and technology, arts, finance and accounting, medical and health, and the industrial sector were identified when the Government first implemented the scheme. 

However Dr Fong said skilled workers employed in reputable conglomerates overseas could also apply under the scheme. 

Speaking on another matter, Dr Fong said the Government was prepared to help the MTUC reinvent itself to be in tandem with the current changes in trade unionism brought about by the advent of globalisation.  

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