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MELBOURNE: About 60 Malaysian students and professionals turned up at a lunch meeting at a five-star hotel here Tuesday to get an overview of the Malaysian government's TalentCorp programme.
Malaysian Consul-General Dr Mohd Rameez Yahaya said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak launched the 'Returning Expert Programme' to help Malaysia gain developed nation status by 2020.
"This is an excellent programme with several good incentives that would make it attractive and worthwhile for Malaysians abroad to return home to help our prime minister in his vision for a prosperous and happy Malaysia," Rameez said.
He said there were hundreds of Malaysians living overseas who had qualification, expertise and the experience that were much needed in Malaysia.
The consul-general said Malaysia needed a fundamentally new economic model to become a high-income nation.
Rameez listed the incentives and privileges that returning Malaysians could enjoy under the programme.
Incentives include generous income tax benefits, residency privileges and international schools for their children.
"However we cannot find you jobs. You have to do that. But, I can assure you there are lot of good jobs in a variety of industries and this is an opportunity for you to make your mark in a developing economy," he said.
Rameez said the government has identified 12 National Key Economic Areas that have the potential to directly contribute to the country's progress.
He urged them to check the Talent Corp website for details and to contact him if they had queries or required help. -- BERNAMA