Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and its ecosystem partners were delighted to mark on October 16, 2022 the official launch of “DE Rantau Hub” at the second location in Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
During the launch event held at Dash Resort, Langkawi, YB Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima TPr Annuar bin Haji Musa, Minister of Communications and Multimedia highlighted in his speech that a few million digital nomads, the ” high-quality travelers” roam around the world.
Instead of digital nomads visiting Malaysia, how can we make “digital nomads not only come to us, but stay with us. These people need to continue their activities and professional work, so we must present them with reasons to come to Langkawi. They should feel safe, welcomed and included in the communities, – “let us enhance the God-given beauty of Langkawi”.
According to the MDEC, the growing number of digital nomads applying for the DE Rantau Nomad Pass after its launch on October 1, 2022 is significant.
DE Rantau Nomad Pass is the exclusive pass for digital nomads who can work remotely from anywhere, allowing them to stay and work in Malaysia for up to twelve months, plus an additional year upon renewal.
Not even two months after the introduction of the pass, MDEC has already received over 2,000 applications for the pass from digital nomads.
The creation of DE Rantau Hub in Langkawi has a number of potential ecosystem partners who help make the work and life experiences of digital nomads the most meaningful and memorable, while giving back to local businesses and industry players. ‘industry.
These partners include HostAStay, Tapawfood, Jetpack, AirAsia, Paynet, Tourplus, Grab, Lokalocal, senangPay, etc.
Mr. Jordan Oon, CEO of HostAStay shared with ScandAsia that:
“A lot of people think we started DE Rantau because digital nomads don’t come to Malaysia, but that’s not so. Digital nomads are already in Malaysia, but they are not recognized or categorized, and there is no incentive for them. So with this program which, in fact, immediately has about 2,000 people signed up, we think there’s going to be some very, very strong positive feedback.
HostAStay has been ranked #1 short stay platform in Malaysia which mainly helps property investors to prepare their accommodations for nomadic stay. The platform handles multiple areas, including check-in, check-out, interior design and renovation, and marketing.
Apart from good accommodation, choosing to be part of DE Rantau Hub in Langkawi offers digital nomads many other local services like a food delivery platform and a coworking space.
“We see Tapawfood in a much wider niche than our competitors, big companies like Grab and Foodpanda, as we are currently focusing on vegan food. It was actually a problem in Langkawi because it was hard to find vegan food here and a lot of digital nomads who come to the island are vegan. So it is a good match with DE Rantau program,” said Mr. Muhammad Afif Aman Bin Azman, co-founder of Tapawfood, the food delivery platform with more than ten years of experience.
Moreover, Langkawi security domain was discussed by Mr. Iskandar Md Sah, CEO of Jetpack, the one and only coworking space in Langkawi with fast wifi speed, 800Mbps oncat6 and 250Mbps/200Mbps.
“Most of our clients are 90% women and they are often the ones who lock the door and come home at 3am depending on the day and season as they have 24/7 access to the venue. For them, it shows that Langkawi is very safe.
Overall, DE Rantau in Langkawi has a target of nearly RM5 billion to GDP by 2025, shared Mr. Mahadhir Aziz, CEO of MDEC.
He said it was time for Malaysians to be proud of who they are and showcase the complexity and dynamics of their society to the rest of the world.
“DE Rantau” is one of Malaysia’s Digital Catalytic Programs (PEMANGKIN) aimed at making Malaysia the preferred digital nomad hub for creating digital professional mobility and helping to support tourism across the country.
Local and foreign digital nomads who specialize in IT and digital fields such as software development, UI, UX, cloud, blockchain, AI, digital marketing, digital content creator, etc. are encouraged to choose Malaysia as their “live, work and travel destination.
“DE Rantau Hub” is a nomadic ready accommodation that has been verified, validated and certified by MDEC based on the LIVE criteria (L: logic, I: internet, V: dynamism and E: commitment) to ensure that foreigners and local digital nomads, working specifically in IT and digital fields, enjoy and find their balance by working and living in an interesting, beautiful and safe environment.
The first DE Rantau hub was launched in Penang, Malaysia on September 13, 2022.
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