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Malaysia establishes DE Rantau to accelerate digital economy

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic source: Annuar Musa FB

THE Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (K-KOMM) has launched DE Rantau, a programme aimed at establishing Malaysia as the preferred digital nomad hub to boost digital adoption and promote digital professional mobility and tourism across Malaysia.

Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (picture) said the programme is intended to benefit both local talents and foreign nomads.  

He added that aligned with Malaysia Digital (MD), the DE Rantau programme will help solidify Malaysia’s path to becoming the preferred digital nomad hub of the Asean region.  

“Despite facing close competition with our neighbours, Malaysia has all the right ingredients to be the most attractive choice for digital nomads.

“We have a robust infrastructure, affordable cost of living, cultural diversity, a multilingual population, delicious cuisines and many more offerings to strengthen our position,” he said in a statement today.

He noted that while the digital nomad lifestyle is nothing new, it is the pandemic that accelerated the trend of more people choosing to embrace a location-independent, tech-enabled lifestyle, allowing them to work and live wherever their hearts desire.

Meanwhile, the minister also said apart from the introduction of the DE Rantau Nomad Pass, which will support the facilitation of foreign digital nomads’ stay in Malaysia for 12 months, K-KOMM — through Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) — will create a vibrant ecosystem that can support the digital nomad lifestyle to be able to regain the balance in working and living.

Driving this initiative, MDEC will oversee the development of digital nomad hubs and comprehensive local ecosystems suitable for the digital nomad lifestyle. 

This will be done in collaboration with various industry players and the onboarding of digital nomads via outreach and awareness programmes and visa facilitation of DE Rantau Nomad Pass.

According to Annuar, through DE Rantau Hubs and a thriving ecosystem, there can be knowledge and experience sharing among local and foreign nomads, leading to the creation of vibrant and knowledgeable local communities and businesses.

The programme is expected to inject a total of RM4.8 billion into the local economy by the 2025.

In its first phase, the identified digital nomad hubs will include Penang, Langkawi, Kedah and Kuala Lumpur.

Under the MD initiative, DE Rantau is one of the first two Malaysia Digital Catalytic Programmes planned for 2022.  

It is designed to create substantial economic spillover through equitable access to digital tools, knowledge and income opportunities.

Applications for DE Rantau Nomad Pass will be open on Oct 1, 2022, and the public may visit for registration.


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