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Migration: Why do Malaysians leave?
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Posted on 24-07-2010 19:53
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Attracting talents back through the Talent Corporation — Toh Kin Woon

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JULY 24, 2010 — In the recently launched 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015) and before that, the New Economic Model, the Federal Government acknowledged the seriousness of human capital flight from Malaysia.

It further admitted that unless this drain of talent, skills, knowledge, creativity and innovativeness from our country to others is arrested and reversed, Malaysia’s competitiveness will be eroded.

Our goal of wanting to be a high income country by 2020 will be difficult to attain.

Seriousness of the problem

Indeed, the recognition by the Federal Government of the seriousness of the problem of brain drain has been borne out by some statistics. Between the beginning of 2008 and August 2009, slightly more than 300,000 Malaysians migrated overseas. The number that left in the first eight months of last year doubled that of the whole of 2008.

According to the World Bank, the number of Malaysians who settled overseas went up from around 9,500 in 1960 to 1.4 million in 2005, a near 150-fold increase over the 45-year period! Of those who have left, nearly 40 per cent of them have settled in Singapore; 30 per cent in the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries such as Australia, USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand; 20 per cent in other Asean countries and 10 per cent in the rest of the world.

Needless to say, a great number of them have tertiary education and are professionals like doctors, accountants, scientists and researchers. There are right now around 7,000 plus research scientists, which is about 70 per cent of the total in Malaysia, working overseas.

Such a haemorrhage of skills, knowledge and talent is bound to erode our scientific and technological capacity, at a time when we badly need this to effect the economic transformation of our country from a low to a high value-added economy.

Setting up the Talent Corporation

This explains why the Federal Government seems rather anxious to draw back some of this talent. It proposes to do this by setting up the Malaysian Talent Corporation next year.

According to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Nor Mohd Yaacob, this corporation hopes to draw back at least 70,000 Malaysians from overseas over the next 10 years by offering a package of very attractive incentives. What these are have not been specified but will only be announced later.

For the record, this is not the first time the Federal Government has taken the initiative to lure Malaysian talents back. It has previously attempted this through the Returning Scientists’ Programme and the Brain Gain Programme. These have however flopped. The response to these packages from those who have migrated has been poor.

Although it is still too early to evaluate, I am afraid this latest move by the Federal Government to draw talent home may not succeed again, unlike both Taiwan and the Republic of Korea, which successfully attracted their highly qualified and experienced scientists back in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Why not?

Not addressing the real causes.

This is because the programmes drawn up by the current Federal Government are unlikely, as in the past, to tackle the real causes of large-scale human capital flight from the country.

One of them is the continued resort to using race as a tool by power elites at the Federal Government ostensibly to help the Bumiputeras, but whose aim is in fact to nurture cronies. The victims of this race-based policy are the poor and middle class of all ethnic groups.

For the non-Bumiputeras who have attained good academic scores and/or who are financially strong, their first choice is to move across the causeway or overseas to further their studies. Many of them do not return as they do not see much prospect and hope for them in Malaysia.

Such a view does not just affect the non-Bumiputeras. Even some Bumiputeras, especially the Malays, have in recent years left for countries where they feel culturally less restricted and inhibited.

Many Malaysians have left also because their talents are recognised and utilised through offers of jobs that are materially rewarding and intellectually more fulfilling.

A lot of Malaysians have also been offered scholarships from early on by foreign governments to study in their countries. Upon graduation, many do not return.

Except for the Malaysian Government, many governments are rather aggressive in recruiting highly qualified talent from overseas to enhance their countries’ productive capability.

Yet another reason for the large exodus is the declining quality of our country’s education.

Conclusion

The reasons for our country’s human capital flight are racial discrimination; the lack of an open, democratic space; and declining quality of our country’s education.

Unlike other countries, many government agencies, especially the Immigration Department, are rather reluctant to approve applications for work permits and permanent residencies from highly skilled foreigners.

These are the reasons that have caused the emigration of many Malaysians, but are also the reasons the Federal Government fails to address in all its past programmes to lure Malaysian talents back.

The Malaysian Talent Corporation is unlikely to depart very far from past practices. This explains why I am pessimistic, though I wish to be proven wrong. — aliran.com

* Toh Kin Woon is an Aliran member

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or the publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.





Comments

Ah Meng
What if our Nation is free from those who are only willing to champion for the rights of their own community. We see the dangerous trend of those upholding the swords of aggression and calling for the blood of others just to want more for themselves. In subtle ways they instill fear to influence the minds of the masses and build groupings out of sense of security. How not we cause talents to run


cheah sao seong
The reason why there is such a mass exodus of brains out of the country is nothing more than racial, pure and simple.Non Malays in this country are discriminated and marginalised in all areas of national activities,be it in education,jobs and career,and you name it.So why does UMNOcare if this huge haemorrage of skills,knowledge and talent is going to have a deleterious effect on the transformation of this country economy from a low to a high value-added one?The Malaysian Talent Corporation is expected to go the way Returning Scientists' Programme and the Brain Gain Programme go.All these all put up for propaganda and sloganeering value.After all the 'great' Tun Abdul Razak once quiped somewhere in the 1970s that the brain drain is in fact trouble drain;better to have trouble drained away!


peter
Really who in their right minds currently working overseas would want to return for economic reasons other than wishing to see their old parents or grandmas.

I tell you. There is just no way anything will change. It is just not polictially possible to change the mindsets of the "little Napoleans" no matter what policies had been agreed to by the government... especially the now vague NEM.

NEM as an proposal stage is already still born let alone implementation. To undo the wrongs would take decades. Do we have that luxury of time? No.


Private Usage
Sadly, I have to agree with your last paragraph ... that the Msian Talent Corp is unlikely to depart from past practices. All the past proposals/projects/programmes have all failed to address the basic issues. These programmes are just created for media purposes and to provide lame asnwers whenever the politicians are questioned. While we may all wish to be provien wrong ... it will appear to be extremely unlikely.
The authorities have not shown any interest in promoting Msia as a country and Msians as a nation. Concentrating, rather, on the narrow race based politics and policies. All other activities are created to pull wool over the eyes of the public while those in decision making positions busily enrich themselves. By the time the majority of the Malays are aware of what is happening ... I'm afraid that there is no more country for them. It would have been totally milked dry, leaving only an empty shell.


serembanpau

it sounds cynical but The Malaysian Talent Corporation will be still-born if it is not endorsed by Perkasa. Have you ever hear TDM moaning about brain-drain?
actually, brain-drain is a cause of celebration as the talented will always question the ways of umnoputras, who in turn will issue threats of chaos. malaysia is a great place for retirement and the young and talented should be encouraged to seek their fortunes overseas and send money to support their parents. non-bumis working and contributing overseas will lessen competition to the bumiputras and allow them to show their ability to increase the economic cake for all malaysians.
such a scenario will surely resonate with perkasa and TDM.


achibong
Why upset the status quo? Every year, neighboring countries harvest a ready crop of talents from independent Chinese secondary schools. This is a win-win situation for Malaysia and the recipient countries.

The biggest winners are the students themselves; the rejects become the much sought after.


Ken
The BN govt can draw talents back - by being voted out at the next G.E. This will draw talents back in droves, no need for incentive packages.


change28
The UMNO/BN Govt has invested so much over 50 years to ensure a dumb population, they should focus on establishing Malaysia as an exporter of cheap and uneducated labor instead.

This so-called Malaysian Talent Corporation will not succeed for the simple reason that the UMNO govt does not really want talents to come back at all!

It is all just a farce!


T Kakata
My father was born in Penang in 1881 and my children would be treated as Pendatang if I had not brought them to Australia. Two of them became General Managers of huge Australian companies before they were even 30 years old, through hard work and equal opportunties, irrespective of colour and religion.

We have decided to spend our furture holidays elsewhere as racist groups like Perkasa are not only driving more Malaysians to leave but many former Malaysians not to go back.

In the 1960's, Malaysia had the 2nd highest standrad of living after Japan. Why did Japan, Korea and Taiwan developed faster than Malaysia in the 70's and 80's? Even Vietnam and Indonesia are now atracting more foreign investors.

Practice one country one people but not just preach 1Malaysia.


Govt Big Dumbells
They are so many details that wasn't taken care of, for exp:
1) Safety - So many crimes throughout these years. Judiciary system in limbo.
2) Education - Local uni ranking drops by the year and quota system that doesn't embrace challenges, biasness, etc.
3) Promotion - Bias and doesn't give the local talent opportunity to rise, unless they are boot licker. Happens in both govt and private sector. Not forgetting GLCs.
4) FDI - No FDI coming here, then where do they actually have to work???
5) Heard that there's no working premit for spouse (spouse married to locals), which was in local news years back.

I'm planning to leave the country not for myself, but for my future too.... Sorry for those who are reading this abroad.


James Tan
I am a US-educated MBA in high tech, Regional Asia Pacific. My daughter is 16, tops in an international school. She is already admitted into Sixth Form in New Zealand. I am leaving in September, migrating. Today, my friends, a doctor and a lawyer couple met an immigration consultant for assessment to migrate. What Brain-Gain Back policy ? Everyone knows WHY we all are leaving. I get treated better in NZ and USA on a work permit, foreigner, than here in Malaysia as a citizen in our country under BN-UMNO.


frustratedP 1p
Govt will be losing more and more talented and bright students due to their bureaucracy in awarding places in the local U. Everyday there are frustrated parents and students venting their anger in the papers. Students scoring maximum pointer in STPM are denied Medic courses. Students majoring in Biology are given Physics based courses. What is happening????


shinwee
My uncle left Malaysia in the 1970s. He graduated from MIT and did his PhD in Yale on computer science. I dare say, that was when computer science era just starting.

He was a very patriotic man, a scout graduated from Royal Military College. He came back to Malaysia after his PhD to serve this country. Looked for a job in University Malaya. They told him point blank, we have openings, but it is only for bumi.

He left for greener pastures in United States. Has been a US citizen for a few decades now. He has contributed widely to the field of computer science and is still doing so.

He never forgave Malaysia for turning their backs to him. And I guess he never will.


clearwater
The Talent Corporation will fail just like its predecessors. The few who come back will become disenchanted soon enough as the real issues will not be addressed. The many will just laugh at another feeble attempt to lure them back. Toh Kin Woon has laid it out here. There is no political will to change the status quo.


Kean82
Only a change of government and its race base policy will bring back our talent. That is the only answer you need for this brain drain solution!


dsm
Well, I will be one of the potential candidate for the "brain drain" program. My application for promotion was rejected by one the RU in Malaysia even though I given them the rights to patent I develop for a device and insist I am not good enough for them for promotion. With 15 years experience, I was offered a entry level lecturer position which fresh phd holder comes in. I am currently working with one of the lesser know teaching university. Australian university offered me a position with PR attached to it. Only condition I work for them for 2 years to develop the research I am working on now. The bureaucracy in my university trying to stop me from utilising more than 0.5 mil grant I obtained from overseas. They are not happy no bumis involved in the research.
 
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Loss of Young Talent Thwarts Malaysia's Growth

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With its dazzling skyscrapers, bright lights and ubiquitous symbols of modernity, Singapore has long worked its magic on Rachel Liew, 20.

Even as a young girl visiting the city-state with her family from her native Malaysia, Singapore’s clean streets, convenient public transportation and modern lifestyles made a lasting impression.

As Ms. Liew grew older, she came to believe that Singapore could also offer a better education than her homeland, and in 2008, she packed her bags and headed south across the border to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at Nanyang Technological University.

“I might return to Malaysia if I had a really good job offer there, which I think would be unlikely, or if I eventually get married to a Malaysian who wants to live in his hometown,” said Ms. Liew, one of about 700,000 Malaysians living abroad. “But other than that, I think I would probably settle down in Singapore.”

That is exactly the kind of sentiment Malaysia’s policy makers are desperate to change.

Many Asian nations have long been concerned about the outflow of human capital to more developed countries, but here in Malaysia, the need to address the problem has assumed a new urgency in the final decade for reaching its long-established goal of becoming a developed country by 2020.

Companies have long complained about a shortage of skilled labor in Malaysia, and economists say it is severely affecting the country’s ability to attract more high-technology industries. The government is acutely aware of the shortage in skills and the potential hurdle it poses to the country’s 2020 goal.

“We don’t get it right, we are in serious trouble,” the human resources minister, S. Subramaniam, said during an interview.

Studying and working overseas have long been considered attractive options for those Malaysians who can afford to make the move. About half of those living abroad can be found in neighboring Singapore. Australia, Britain and the United States are also popular.

Robert K. Chelliah, who runs an Australian immigration agency in Perth, with offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, said by phone that the number of Malaysians contacting his company with inquiries about moving to Australia had soared 80 percent since 2008.

“In the last two to three years, the motivation to acquire Australian permanent residency has sharply increased across all age sectors as well as across racial backgrounds,” he said.

Like Ms Liew, most of the seven people interviewed for this article said that better education, wages and career opportunities could be found abroad, while parents wanted to ensure that their children received an internationally recognized education in English.

Many interviewees, when asked about their concerns about returning to Malaysia, cited racial tensions and the country’s affirmative action policy, which gives special privileges to ethnic Malays, who make up 60 percent of the population. The government has recognized the need to change the policy, which was introduced in the 1970s to improve the economic standing of Malays, who were more highly represented among the nation’s poor than its Chinese and Indian minorities.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has repeatedly emphasized that affirmative action would be made “market-friendly, merit-based, transparent and needs-based” under the country’s latest plan, the New Economic Model, which is designed to steer Malaysia toward its development goals. Ethnic Malays, or bumiputras, still benefit from privileges like discounted housing, and some government contracts are available only to companies they control.

A Malaysian Chinese businessman, who left Malaysia for Canada as a university student in the 1970s and stayed there, said that because of the policy, only a handful of his Malaysian Chinese classmates who also studied abroad had returned to Malaysia. Several other Malay and non-Malay interviewees also described the system as unfair.

Danny Quah, a professor of economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, says that the brain drain has had a huge effect on the country’s economic and industrial development.

“People have left, growth prospects have dimmed, and then more people continue to leave,” said Mr. Quah, who is also a member of the Malaysian National Economic Advisory Council. “It’s a vicious cycle that the economy has had to confront for the last decade or longer.”

Malaysia’s growth rate dropped to an average of 5.5 percent a year from 2000 to 2008, from an average of about 9 percent a year from 1991 to 1997.

Private investment, meanwhile, has fallen to about 10 percent of gross domestic product in 2008 from more than a third of G.D.P. in 1997, and the World Bank has warned that a lack of human capital is a “critical constraint in Malaysia’s ambition to become a high-income economy.”

Stewart Forbes, executive director of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said foreign companies faced difficulties finding skilled workers in fields like electronics, the petrochemical industries and engineering. Some companies complain of poor communication and English skills.

“I don’t think it’s yet reached the stage where companies are saying, ‘I cannot do my business here,”’ Mr. Forbes said. “I think it’s true to say, however, that there’s lost investment opportunities here because of the labor situation.”

Mr. Forbes contrasted the skill shortage in Malaysia, where 80 percent of the work force has only a high school education, with a country like Taiwan, which emphasizes the number of holders of graduate degrees available to investors.

Previous government attempts to lure back Malaysian expatriates, namely the Brain Gain Malaysia and Returning Expert programs, have had little success. Despite financial incentives like importing cars tax-free and efforts to ease access to permanent residency for foreign spouses, they have attracted fewer than 3,000 applicants.

The government now plans to enhance and consolidate those programs under a new agency, to be known as the Talent Corp. Its financing will be announced as part of the country’s 2011 budget on Oct 15. It will recommend ways the country's education and training systems can be overhauled to produce graduates who better fulfill industry needs, especially in sectors like information technology and financial services.

Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister and education minister, is leading a major review of the education system. “There will definitely be a major overhaul of the system,” he said in an interview, adding that the system needed to foster creativity and innovation.

Enhancing the skills of the existing work force, encouraging universities to work more closely with industry and increasing the number of students enrolled in vocational training are also priorities.

Mr. Muhyiddin said that Malaysia needed to record annual economic growth of 6 percent for the next 10 years to achieve its 2020 goal and that a work force with the right skills was a “precondition” for such growth.

Still, enticing Malaysian expatriates home, when salaries there remain lower than abroad, presents a major challenge.

In Malaysia, the average income per capita is currently about $7,000, a figure the government wants to increase to $15,000 by 2020. In Singapore, by contrast, the figure hovers around $37,000, World Bank data show.

Mr. Subramaniam, the human resources minister, says that he expects salaries to rise as more high-technology industries develop and that, in the meantime, improvements in other factors, like work opportunities, may help lure Malaysians home.

“If we give them a good working environment, an area where they can grow, and it’s stimulating and satisfying, they might be willing to take a slight cut in their salary,” he said.

Still, some economists remain skeptical about the government’s initiatives to reverse the diaspora.

Terence Gomez, a professor on the economics faculty of the University of Malaya, said that changing the affirmative action policy remained a highly contentious issue, with the government under pressure from right-leaning groups and members of its own party, the United Malays National Organization, to maintain it.

But he said it was vital that Malaysia become more of a meritocracy if it is to succeed in drawing back the diaspora. For instance, non-Malays need to be assured that they can be appointed to senior civil service positions, and the private sector must be based on transparency and fairness, rather than race, he said.

Otherwise, “professionals won’t come back and work in the public sector, and investors won’t come back and invest in the private sector,” he added.

Mr. Quah of the London School said that it was not affirmative action alone that had driven the brain drain and that higher wages and economic growth, and good schooling opportunities, were vital to enticing expatriates home.

“This is an economically astute middle class, and they will see whether it’s in their interests to return or not,” he said.

Chen May Yee, 39, a Malaysian Chinese journalist who lives in Minneapolis with her American husband and two children, is yet to be convinced that Malaysia can offer the work opportunities and lifestyle she wants for her family. She said she had taken a pay cut each time she had previously moved back to Malaysia after stints in the United States or Singapore — sometimes as much as 50 percent.

“I’d love to move back for family and friends, but I just don’t see how to make it work economically,” she said.

 
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Najib kickstarts bid to reverse brain drain

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BRUSSELS, Oct 4 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today that Malaysia’s Talent Corporation will be launched in January to arrest the country’s growing brain drain problem.

The exodus of local talent to more developed countries has threatened his vision of transforming Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020.

“Previously, we waited for them to get back to us but this time we will seek them out,” Najib told reporters here on last night.

“We will find out what it takes for them to consider going back home, and at the same time create more business opportunities and pay them wages that are more aligned with global wages,” he said.

Companies have complained about the lack of skilled labour in Malaysia and economists have cited this problem as a hindrance in the country’s ability to attract more high-technology industries. About 80 per cent of the country’s workforce only has secondary school education.

About 700,000 Malaysians are currently living abroad, with half of them in Singapore, while the rest can be found mostly in Australia, Britain and the United States.

An Australian immigration agency in Perth with offices in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor has reportedly said that the number of Malaysians enquiring about moving to Australia had spiked by 80 per cent since 2008.

Last night, Najib pointed out that numerous government initiatives had been successful in injecting optimism among Malaysians abroad who now saw the opportunities for them to return and contribute to the country’s development.

“They see a wider opportunity for them to play a role. I believe that if we can implement our programmes in the near future, their level of optimism will increase because they already like our new plans and strategies,” said the prime minister.

Previous government attempts to lure back Malaysian expatriates, such as the Brain Gain Malaysia and Returning Expert programmes, however, have had little success.

They have attracted fewer than 3,000 applicants despite offering financial incentives like importing cars tax-free and efforts to ease access to permanent residency for foreign spouses.

Yesterday, Najib cited effective and swift execution of the programmes as the key to draw back Malaysian expatriates.

“I think the icing on the cake will be how fast we can implement the various projects and business opportunities that have been identified; only then will we be able to attract the Malaysian diaspora to consider going back,” he said.

Many Malaysians living abroad, however, have reportedly cited racial tension and affirmative action policies among their concerns about returning to their homeland.

Although Najib has said that affirmative action would be made “market-friendly, merit-based, transparent and needs-based” under the New Economic Model, his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently stressed that the economic plan would protect the Malay agenda.

A sour reaction from Malay rights groups had also forced Najib to backtrack and call the policy a “trial balloon”.

Economist Terence Gomez was reported as saying that it was crucial for Malaysia to change affirmative action policies and become more of a meritocracy to bring back the diaspora.

Meanwhile, London School of Economics and Political Science economics professor Danny Quah had pointed out that brain drain has had a huge impact on Malaysia’s economic and industrial development for the past decade or longer.

Malaysia’s growth rate dropped to an average of 5.5 per cent a year from 2000 to 2008, from an average of about 9 per cent a year from 1991 to 1997.

The country is also facing uncertain economic prospects with average GDP growth in the next five years projected to be just shy of the six per cent target Najib had set.

Foreign direct investment plunged a record 81 per cent last year and the World Bank has warned that a lack of human capital is a “critical constraint in Malaysia’s ambition to become a high-income economy.”

The number of Malaysian migrants rose by more than 100-fold in a 45-year period, from 9,576 Malaysians in 1960 to 1,489,168 Malaysians in 2005, according to the World Bank.

Malaysian migrants with tertiary education living in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, numbered at 102,321 in the year 2000.

Deputy Foreign Minister Senator A. Kohilan Pillay said recently that 304,358 Malaysians had migrated from March 2008 till August 2009 compared with 139,696 Malaysians in 2007.
 
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The Predictability of Stupidity!!!

I read the report in The Malaysian Insider with much amusement as it is a non-starter to me anyway. What is the point of seeking Malaysians residing abroad to return to their mother land when more and more Malaysians are applying to migrate? What's the point when NOTHING is being done to deal with the PUSH factors that are making people LEAVE the country?

The same article said:

“We will find out what it takes for them to consider going back home, and at the same time create more business opportunities and pay them wages that are more aligned with global wages,” he said.

Companies have complained about the lack of skilled labour in Malaysia and economists have cited this problem as a hindrance in the country’s ability to attract more high-technology industries. About 80 per cent of the country’s workforce only has secondary school education.

About 700,000 Malaysians are currently living abroad, with half of them in Singapore, while the rest can be found mostly in Australia, Britain and the United States.

An Australian immigration agency in Perth with offices in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor has reportedly said that the number of Malaysians enquiring about moving to Australia had spiked by 80 per cent since 2008.


Allow me to highlight one interesting point about this report.

When the report was first released, this was what was posted in the report:

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 — Malaysia’s Talent Corporation will start its operations in January, marking the start of a concerted effort to woo home Malaysian professionals abroad, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

He said the corporation would engage these professionals abroad in a comprehensive manner, seeking them out and addressing their concerns about the prospects of returning to Malaysia.


At 1.38p.m., the report was updated and this is what can be seen:

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today that Malaysia’s Talent Corporation will be launched in January to arrest the country’s growing brain drain problem.

The exodus of local talent to more developed countries has threatened his vision of transforming Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020.

“Previously, we waited for them to get back to us but this time we will seek them out,” Najib told reporters here on last night.

“We will find out what it takes for them to consider going back home, and at the same time create more business opportunities and pay them wages that are more aligned with global wages,” he said.


These two versions and the contents therein raise a few questions.

Version 1.

1. Version 1 that came out in the morning was more congenial to those professionals residing abroad.

2. It tells us that money will be spent in establishing this Talent Corporation to arrest the brain drain.

* Whose money? Why should it be spent in the first place?

* Why can't all that moolah be used to revamp the education system and to train the home grown talent that we have?

*Isn't it ridiculous that VERY LITTLE is being done to STOP the brain drain FROM our country and instead, go out to attract the very same people who left the country in the first place????

WHERE IS THE LOGIC?

* Honestly, I do not see the rationale at all!!!

*It is such a bad joke that I cannot laugh at this. I am NOT amused at all.

*Why is it that each time there is a problem, some big corporation must be set up, $ spent in the process and VERY LITTLE heard about the blue print or the leadership of such corporations? Worse still, do we hear reports about the results of such corporations/task force - if any?

Version 2.

The PM said "the exodus of local talent to more developed countries has threatened his vision of transforming Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020."

So, does this imply that if his vision fails, it is BECAUSE OF THE BRAIN DRAIN???


Why was the report changed???? And why was it changed this way???

Again, where is the logic?

Where is the rationale?

How can such statements be made?

There is so much talent at home but do we see the authorities really GROWING the talent? Are scholarships being offered to these talented ones? Are opportunities being given to the talented ones?

There is no need to set up corporations, spend $$, give speeches overseas just to attract talent to come back. Could it be an unconscious response to the recent report in The New York Times by Lisa Gooch about how the loss of young talent has thwarted Malaysia's growth ? (Click on link to read more: http://www.nytime...amp;st=cse)

So what the blazes are they doing???I am so enraged. Yeah right. Spend millions and achieve nothing.

All it takes is to listen to one's conscience. Why are people leaving in droves? The TMI article said that "an Australian immigration agency in Perth with offices in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor has reportedly said that the number of Malaysians enquiring about moving to Australia had spiked by 80 per cent since 2008."

Eighty per cent??? Holy smoke!! That is a lot.

At the point of writing, one of my old friends Charles Low just left Penang for Adelaide. The whole family got their Australian PR and he has started a new job in Adelaide and the rest of the family will be leaving for Adelaide in November!

Now, I only have a few friends left in Penang. And of the lot, only ONE family is not leaving - the rest are in the process of applying as well. I am not migrating - which is why I am still blogging with the hope that there can be a better tomorrow. At the rate things are moving, can there really be a better tomorrow?????????

Why can't the government ADDRESS PROBLEMS that we are facing now - such as corruption, racism, poor education system, lack of accountability etc etc?

That way, citizens will not leave the country!!! Neighbouring countries cannot lure our star students to their top universities and offer them scholarships and permanent residence!!!

Why can't the government do that??? Why must they always spend more $???

Our PM has said that they hope to create more business opportunities and pay them wages that are more aligned with global wages.

No matter how juicy the terms, if others know that there IS a brain drain in our country, FDIs would not come in. Then there is no job growth - perhaps only in the civil service or when corporations are set up to 'deal' with problems. They fail to understand that the nation's wealth is THE BRAINS of the country which are so priceless and must be developed. So are they on the right track? Or are we spitting at God's gift to Malaysia by not giving the young more if not equal opprotunities?

How are they going to create more business opportunities? Spend more money to set up a task force to do that? Golly!!!

Pay them more wages? Pay who? The consultants or the people they want to attract?

Why not increase efficiency, cut down on spending, make the country a stable one where leaders do not contradict each other and where double standards do not exist? Why not ensure press freedom? Ensure political and religious freedom and a fair and just judicial system - then people will return in droves when they know their tax $ is being put to good use.

Then people will not leave. Instead, we will have people QUEUEING up to apply for Malaysian PR!!

If a country is politically unstable, it shatters business confidence and will lose international competitiveness. Labour demand will be low. So, how can they pay high wages if this situation prevails? They don't need rocket science knowledge to realize this, do they?

No matter how many corporations they establish, PEOPLE WILL NOT WANT TO INVEST!

Can't they get it into their thick heads? Can they for once in their life, stop living in their fairy tale kingdom and come down to earth and see the situation for what it is today?

So tell me, where is the logic in this reversal?

Who are they trying to kid? Kiddies or what? We were not born YESTERDAY!!!
 
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Migration of talent – how can Malaysia stem the tide?

By THEAN LEE CHENG and FINTAN NG
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Brain drain stands in the way of a high-income Malaysia, a World Bank report says. But the solutions are not easy.

FOR over 25 years, Malaysia was one of the few Asian countries blessed with an annual growth of 7% and up. The country's growth spurt occurred between 1967 and 1997, which paved the way for the shift from low-income to middle-income. Among developing countries, Malaysia made tremendous progress in poverty reduction. In the 1970s and 1980s, income inequality was reduced dramatically while a Malay middle-class emerged.

These are laudable achievements no doubt. Nevertheless, in today's fiercely competitive global landscape and Malaysia's eye-popping data of escalating brain drain, the challenges for the country to move forward are far, far more complex.

Last year, Malaysia had recorded a strong recovery but the momentum appeared to have tapered off with jittery growth in the last two quarters. While business sentiment has improved in the first quarter of this year, consumer confidence has weakened on concerns of rising inflation.

Growth is expected at 5.3% this year and 5.5% in 2012. The three key risks in the near term are:

* A weaker-than expected global recovery, which will dampen growth momentum,
* A further strengthening of inflationary pressures, which may undermine consumer spending, and
* Weak fiscal consolidation.

Over the medium term, various government initiatives are being put in place to boost economic growth.

But over and above the Economic Transformation Programmes and New Economic Models, the heart of Malaysia's transformation hinges on two fundamentals productivity, which requires a revamp of the education system, and policies of inclusiveness. Discontent with Malaysia's inclusiveness policies is a key factor, particularly among the non-bumiputras who make up the bulk of the diaspora.

Human capital is, after all, the bedrock of a high-income economy or for any economy for that matter. Sustained and skill-intensive growth needs talent going forward. Malaysia needs to develop, attract and retain talent.

Brain drain does not square with this objective. Malaysia needs talent, but talent seems to be leaving.

Brain drain the migration of talent across borders has long been a subject of debate and controversy. Of late, it has been openly discussed in the media, which is to be viewed positively. At least there is that openness today which was not there 10 years ago. The creation of Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd to bring back our own, and to attract new talent, is also a tacit acknowlegement by the Government that we need to manage our human capital carefully and diligently.

Brain drain is by no means something unique to Malaysia. It is something faced by many others. Taiwan saw many of its talented leave for Silicon Valley; the former Irish president Mary Robinson, during her presidency, did much to engage the Irish diaspora.

Within Asia, the brain drain is most pronounced in South-East Asia, according to the Malaysia Economic Monitor: Brain Drain released on Thursday (www.worldbank.org/my). The report says emigration rates are the highest in middle-income countries, which have both the incentive and the means to migrate. The incentive would be less strong for high-income countries. For low-income countries, financial and human capital constraints may make emigration less likely. Malaysia falls into the middle-income category.

The World Bank's Bangkok-based senior economist Philip Schellekens, who produced the report after an online survey among 200 respondents from the 1 million Malaysian diaspora around the world acknowledges that this number is small.

“But the World Bank, in the first place, does not wish to present this as a definite conclusion. Instead, it wishes to convey a qualitative feel of what is going on. The study can be seen as the first step towards understanding what has been driving brain drain in Malaysia and how policymakers can address it.”

The report measures the size of the Malaysian diaspora and brain drain, its key characteristics and its evolution over the past 30 years. It gives an updated picture on the basis of the most recent information available, including Singapore's census results which were released early this year.

“We've avoided at all costs to use anecdotal sources for such a sensitive topic. So, whatever we present here we can stand by. We also document our sources of information so that other people, as part of this process, can continue the work, refer to our study, look at the numbers and update or improve them.”

It is an extension of previous reports on Malaysia, Growth through Innovation and Inclusive Growth.

Why do people leave?

Brain drain is a symptom, not a problem in itself. It is the outcome of underlying factors as all of us respond to push and pull factors. While not every person leaving Malaysia constitute a brain drain, about a third of them do. Seen from the long lens of emigration and its effect years from today, Malaysia is not only losing talent today, it is also losing talent tomorrow, because children who leave with their parents, and who spend their formative years abroad, are less likely to return.

The report removes the veil of doubt and uncertainty over some numbers. Some of the key highlights are:

- The Malaysian diaspora is large and expanding, with a conservative estimate of about 1 million worldwide last year. The diaspora has quadrupled over the last 30 years, and is geographically concentrated and ethnically skewed.

- Singapore alone absorbs 57% of the entire diaspora, with the rest residing in Australia, Brunei, Britain and the United States. - Malaysia's brain drain is intense relative to its narrow skill base. - The brain drain is aggravated by a lack of compensating inflow. While many Singaporeans leave the city-state for greener pastures, many highly skilled expatriates also enter the republic.

The situation is different in Malaysia. While Malaysia receives many, most who come have low skills. Coupled with this dire situation, Malaysia's high-skilled expatriate base has shrunk by a quarter since 2004.

- The number of skilled Malaysians leaving for Singapore has increased from 10% in 1990, 23% in 2000 to 35% last year. This is defined by those who have tertiary education. About 47% of all skilled foreign-born residents in Singapore were born in Malaysia.

Malaysia is not on the brink of a crisis, but it can do better as it has a lot of potential. Brain drain, says Schellekens, should not be viewed as potentially negative. It has its positive potential, as when it aspires a young person to pursue tertiary education, as when it allows those who remain to leverage on those who have succeeded abroad.

“There is an increased openness in Malaysia to discuss these issues and this is a welcome development,” he says.

The report goes beyond stating numbers and facts. It also identifies two areas the government needs to seriously look into the need to improve productivity and to strengthen Malaysia's policies of inclusiveness.

Talent Corp CEO Johan Mahmood Merican says the report is not something new. “It lends credence to what the Government already knows and we have taken action even before the World Bank report was released. There is a lot of work-in-progress which supports the direction that we have initiated.

“What is important is there is an urgency for us to change the business model if we are to advance. It is not a case of whether we stand still or we advance. If we stand still, we are effectively regressing. Vietnam and Indonesia are getting their act together and recording high growth. In that sense, it is consistent.”

Johan says the usefulness of such a report is that while it highlights the potentially negative effects of brain drain, it also highlights the flip side, its positive effects.

“Malaysia has been spared from the detrimental part of it in the sense that our industries have not come to a halt, as in some other countries. At the same time, it has not been as beneficial to us as a country, as it has to some other countries. So at this point in time, it is neutral. The question is, how do we make it net positive? This is where Talent Corp comes in. We are beginning to engage with Malaysians abroad and with the private sector,” Johan says.

Courting talent back

Four months after its establishment, Talent Corp is primarily focused on facilitating initiatives to attract, nurture, engage and retain talent to support human capital needs of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). This has resulted in the Residence Pass that enables top foreign talent, especially those in the ETP, to continue working in Malaysia for a longer tenure and fewer restrictions. There has also been revisions to the Returning Expert Programme to encourage more Malayisan professionals working overseas to come home and help drive the nation's economic transformation, especially in the ETP. Because of Malaysia's base in manufacturing, parcticularly in electrical & electronics, an industry-led initiative to address the sector's talent requirements, with an emphasis on nurturing local talent was launched last week. Similar groups in other key economic sectors are currently in the pipeline.

“This is clearly a long-term project. We are looking at small starting steps this year to ease the mobility of talent and to establish a baseline for future work,” says Johan. Other initiatives in the works will be announced later this year in due course.

Johan also brings up the success story of Pua Khien Seng, the Malaysian who invented the pen drive, and who has been residing in Taiwan for 16 years. Pua is now president and co-founder of Phison Electronics Corp, a listed technology company in Taiwan with a market capitalisation of almost NT$40bil (RM4.3bil).

“His business will always be in Taiwan. So how do we leverage on that? How can we facilitate that engagement with Pua, and other Malaysians, who are residing abroad?”

The larger question is: Can targeted measures such as talent management and diaspora engagement substitute more comprehensive reforms?

Schellekens thinks not. “Our observation is that the targeted measures developed by Talent Corp are helpful. These are first steps in the right direction but if the underlying deterrents are not addressed comprehensively, then these measures will only have a marginal impact.”

The fundamental issues, or underlying factors why people leave relate to economic incentives, which can be captured under the umbrella of low productivity, and social disincentives which reflect discontentment among the non-bumiputras with Malaysia's inclusiveness policies.

“If you want to tackle the brain drain in a comprehensive fashion, it is not through reversing it or trying artificially to stop it. Tackle the fundamentals and things will happen automatically; people will feel incentivised not to leave the country, or to return if they have left,” Schellekens, the lead author of the report says.

The report highlights the progress made by South Korea. It was a third poorer than Malaysia in the 1970s in terms of average income but nowadays it's three times richer. One remarkable aspect of South Korea's development path has been its attention to investment in quality education. As with Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan, the bedrock of any country's progress is its human capital.

A statement from RAM Ratings Services Bhd says: “While we may be comforted by the report's finding that the brain drain has not reduced significantly the country's stock of educated workforce, it highlights the disconcerting fact that the country has a narrow skills base and that its skilled human capital base continues to slide, exacerbated by the brain drain. We need to actionalise inclusiveness under the clarion call of 1Malaysia and sharpen the focus on competitiveness, meritocracy, good governance and productivity in both the government and private sector. Only by unleashing private sector dynamism, entrepreneurialship and innovativeness can we sustain the virtuous circle of high investment-growth-productivity increases.”

Its chief economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng adds: “It would be difficult to achieve the high income target by 2020. Productivity growth would slow as the labour market would be more confined to lower-skilled sets. The country's industrial and technological upgrading and its shift up the value chain would be hampered by skills shortages, higher cost of foreign skilled manpower and deficiencies in innovation and entrepreneurship.”

While our challenge is to tap into our potential and we are blessed with an abundance in myriad areas and sectors this has become more difficult than a decade or two ago because competition in the region for trade, talent, and foreign direct investment has intensified. While we bicker among ourselves, other countries are forging ahead very quickly.

As Malaysia climbs up the income ladder, new challenges in form of innovation will come our way.

Says Schellekens: “Malaysia aspires to base its future growth on innovation. This means that growth will become more skills-intensive, creating a demand for skilled people as well as leading to rising wage levels for the skilled. This may accentuate the income disparity between the skilled and the unskilled, leading also to social challenges between the city and countryside.

Another challenge is the need for more internal competition. Iron sharpens iron.

“There is a sense of urgency for Malaysia to implement the structural reform agenda more quickly as well as comprehensively, else the underlying momentum of growth will deteriorate through an erosion of competitiveness. We are concerned that some of these trends may be happening already, as with the parts and components trade within the electrical and electronics of Malaysia,” he adds.
 
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Reversing the brain drain

A QUESTION OF BUSINESS
By P. GUNASEGARAM
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Unless Malaysia succeeds in developing, retaining and attracting talent, its cherished dream of attaining high income by 2020 may be dashed to bits.

PROBABLY for the first time ever we have had substantial facts and figures on Malaysia’s brain drain – and it has taken the World Bank to come out with this (see our cover story [preceding post] this issue).

The World Bank simply defines brain drain as the migration of talent across borders. It is instructive what it says.

“For Malaysia to stand (sic) success in its journey to high income, it will need to develop, attract and retain talent. Brain drain does not appear to square with this objective: Malaysia needs talent but talent seems to be leaving,” the World Bank said in its report on Malaysia. Let’s look at some of the figures as a gauge of the seriousness of the problem. The worldwide Malaysian diaspora is conservatively estimated at one million in 2010, quadrupling over the last three decades.

Singapore alone accounts for 57% of this with the rest dispersed mainly through Australia, Brunei, Britain and the United States. Ethnic Chinese account for nearly 90% of the diaspora in Singapore and are similarly over-represented in other developed countries. And here’s one frightening statistic: “One out of 10 Malaysians with a tertiary degree migrated in 2000 to an OECD (the club of rich countries, but which does not include Singapore) country – this is twice the world average and including Singapore would make this two out of 10.

”In other words, it is very likely that 20% of our best graduates end up in other countries. The reasons why they leave are also instructive: 66% cited career prospects, 60% social injustice and 54% compensation.

The situation is serious and as Malaysia is wont to do under such circumstances, it is resorting to ad hoc measures such as tax rebates on those returning and a corporation to attract talent into the country.

These will only chip away at the massive outcrops of declining educational standards, a badly implemented social restructuring policy, a poor system of rewards and the unwillingness to move away from low labour costs to high value-added manufacturing and services amongst others. The changes that are needed are deeply structural. First, everything possible has to be put into raising educational standards to improve the quality of those entering the workforce. South Korea had one third Malaysia’s per capita income in 1970 but now it is three times Malaysia’s. Such change would not have been possible without a super educational system at every level.

Developing talent at every level simply has to start with education and we have to put the best talents, facilities and other resources into this. Right now only the most dedicated or those who don’t have other choices go into teaching because it is neither rewarding nor respected as a profession.

Next we need social re-engineering to gear towards giving equal opportunities for advancement instead of a premature equalisation of outcomes whether in terms of wealth ownership or employment creation.

Otherwise the ultimate result might be plain mediocrity and creating a small class of privileged wealthy who have done little or nothing to deserve their wealth. Otherwise too, the talented who get little or nothing face despair and look elsewhere for their rewards.

Then we need too the unfettered opportunities, entrepreneurship and incentive for talent to flourish and to be adequately rewarded. We can’t continue to base our competitiveness on low wages and costs. In this respect, a weak currency and its attendant poor purchasing power is a sure way to chase talent out of the country.

That’s how we can retain talent and attract it too, realising that we must be open and free to import the best the world has to offer in terms of people, goods and services at the best prices. For these things to happen and be sustained what we need is honest policy and implementation untainted by corruption so that the most can be done with the resources at our disposal instead of frittering these away through all sorts of leakages in the system. It is no accident that the least corrupt countries are often the most developed and have the highest income.

If there is a lesson from the World Bank report, it is that we must return to the basics and work ourselves up from there. There is no shortcut, but once critical mass is reached progress grows in leaps and bounds.

Managing editor P Gunasegaram believes that an uncompromising stand towards excellent and quality education bereft of political and other pressures will do more towards a high income Malaysia than almost anything else.
 
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Where is home?

— GLB
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May 20, 2011


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MAY 20 — I am an east Malaysian living abroad. Some 25 years ago, I left for my studies but not on any funding or scholarship. I remember it well... I was young and ambitious but somehow it was a tough financial situation for my parents.

To cut a long story short, with a bit of luck and contributions from farsighted individuals I landed in San Francisco with US$4,000 to my name. Big money back then.

But the 4K was barely enough for a semester’s tuition fee, room and board in a university in a major American city. Foolishly — yes, that’s the word — with a feeling of desperation and uncertainty plus a whole big unknown future in front of me I went ahead to try my best with what I had. A university admission letter.

Today, I say “wow” — how did I do that? I recall working three jobs in between classes to make ends meet; get home from night shifts after midnight every day and very often hungry. I asked myself — am I here to work to pay rent or to get that degree?

Those “comfortable Bumi scholars” I met in university were set for good time. I never did understand why after many rounds of applications for financial assistance I was rejected. Was it because I was a native Bumi or just plain not Malay or Muslim? What does being a Bumi really mean? Many, many questions.

Yes, desperation and hard work got me to where I am now. This is where the kids say, “Borrrring!” Today, I would never have imagined that 25 years on I am the regional MD for one of the biggest electronics companies in the world (no need for names lah).

My work takes me to several dozen countries regularly and when I compare their economic potential, culture and history with my beloved Malaysia I realise one thing: I love my country Malaysia but I truly hate the unjust policies, social injustice, dirty politics, racial and religious divisions.

It’s so obvious, isn’t it? In my kampung even now — it’s true, back in the east — people from all walks of life, customs and religions are comrades. Come visit at the end of May and you’ll know what I mean. I seldom see that in Semenanjung. One day, I hope to live and see, a renewed Malaysia.

So back to the original question: why I left, well... it boils down to a single question: “Where is home?” I asked my eight-year-old son and he said: “Here, right here where I am now with you.” I agree. How do you dispute simple logic like that? Where is your home?
 
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Malaysia’s Brain Drain: Government in Perpetual Denial

Koon Yew Yin

Link: http://english.cp...Itemid=193


For some years now, various analysts have written about the brain drain from Malaysia arising from the country’s racist policies. Now the World Bank has finally come out with a definitive report detailing that the number of skilled Malaysians living abroad has tripled in the last two decades with two out of every 10 Malaysians with tertiary education opting to leave for either OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries or Singapore.

The report also studied the factors that would entice Malaysian currently staying overseas to return. The top picks were a change in the country’s race-based policies and fundamental reforms in the public sector with “Paradigm shift away from race-based towards needs-based affirmative action” and “Evidence of fundamental and positive change in the government/public sector” receiving 87 and 82 per cent positive responses respectively.

The brain drain report mainly focused on the human capital outflow of migrants with tertiary level qualifications. If it had taken into account the out-migration of those with upper secondary and other desirable vocational and other skills, the human capital haemorrhage from the country arising from the New Economic Policy and other racially skewed policies would be far worse than the report’s findings show.

The Past and Present Prime Minister’s Responses

What has been the response to the report? Not surprisingly, the chief critic has been Dr. Mahathir who has derided the report as useless and politically motivated. As Dr. Mahathir has been the main architect of the socio-economic policies that have been responsible for the brain drain, his reaction is predictable. The country’s leadership and citizenry should ignore his criticism as the ranting of a seriously flawed leader whose shelf life has expired and who has long lost his credibility to comment sensibly on any public policy subject – whether this relates to the New Economic Model or human capital development - and especially if it concerns governance issues of which the former Prime Minister has been fundamentally compromised and incorrigibly irresponsible.

The present Prime Minister’s response has been guarded but no less disappointing. Dato Seri Najib Razak, whilst acknowledging that the brain drain is “one of the problems that must be resolved”, has pointed to the recent pickup in foreign direct investment to argue that the Bank report was not “quite correct”. The Prime Minister is grasping at straws to deny the undeniable. He must surely know – as any sane and reasonable person in the country would – that the emigration of Malaysian talents has been disastrous to the economy and is an exodus the country can ill afford.

He must also be aware that the outflow of another generation of young Malaysians (this time, including many Malays) is presently taking place and will continue unabated so long as racial (and religious) discrimination, and the self enrichment and political bankruptcy of the UMNO elite and its cronies, remain unchecked.

Incentives such as lowered income tax and other material or monetary sweeteners promised by the Talent Corporation are not the solution. They do not address the sense of not belonging, social injustice and lack of belief in the country’s future that are at the heart of why Malaysians have chosen to abandon the country of their birth, and to seek what - for most migrants - are less materially privileged but more psychologically fulfilling alien lands, despite being cut off from families and friends.

The Reverse Brain Gain

There is a key related topic which the World Bank report failed to deal with – the lower quality human capital inflow that has replaced the outflow of highly educated, skilled and talented Malaysians. During the past 30 odd years, there has been a massive officially sanctioned influx of migrants, especially from Indonesia and the Southern Philippines aimed at ensuring ethnic and religious dominance of the Malays. Millions of poor, uneducated, unskilled or semi skilled migrants have been permitted – rather, encouraged – to work and stay in Malaysia, thus offsetting the skilled brain drain with a cheap labour influx. According to the 2000 Census, 1.3 million or about 5.9 percent of Malaysia’s population of 21.9 million was comprised of foreigners. This estimate does not include other categories of non-citizens, such as permanent residents, spouses on a social visit pass, and stateless persons born in Malaysia. The latter number, of which there are no officially available figures, could bring the total number of non-citizens living in the country to close to 4 million or more.

Should the higher figure be used as the basis of calculation of the foreign component of the population, and even if the high birth rate of the Malay population were taken into account, it would imply that up to 25 per cent or one quarter of the country’s present total population are unskilled or semi-skilled migrants who have settled in Malaysia recently, especially since 1970. The influx of over 4 million lower quality human capital at the same time that over one million highly skilled Malaysians have left the country is probably unprecedented in the history of global migration flows (for a profile of the countries where Malaysians have moved to, see table below reproduced from Lee Wei Lian,“A Snapshot of Malaysia Talent Outflow”.)

english.cpiasia.net/images/2011/brain-drain-table.gif

I have no doubt that many recent migrants to Malaysia are hard working and good people, and deserve to have their rights protected. However, they would never have been allowed into the country or given easy access to citizenship in the normal circumstances of any other country in the world. What has made the difference has been a racially obsessed regime with a political agenda to artificially bolster the Bumiputra component of the population, and to provide that component with citizenship and voting rights aimed at ensuring Malay dominance of the government and country.

The pro-Nusantara cheap labour, easy assimilation (if the migrant is a Muslim or has no objections to “conversion”) policy of the last 30 years and its socio-economic costs and benefit needs to be studied by the World Bank team as a logical complement to the brain drain one. I have no doubt that should this lower level “brain gain” study be conducted, its findings will more fully explain the economic decline that the country has experienced. It will also expose fully the crude demographic numbers game that UMNO under Dr. Mahathir and his civil service underlings have engaged in to ensure continued Malay hegemony.

Ketuanan Melayu forever – the Perkasa slogan - is not a new one. It has been the bedrock of UMNO’s ideology since Dr. Mahathir came to power and will continue to be that way until the Malay population comes to its senses and realizes that the non-Malay communities are not their enemy – it is Malay political leaders that have failed them and are now looking for non-Malay scapegoats to explain why poor Malays have been left behind in the country’s socio-economic development.
 
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Guan Eng: Leaders of no integrity lead to brain drain

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today laid part of the blame for brain drain suffered by the country on the lack of integrity among the national leaders.

"A leader must have integrity. Without integrity, talent will run away from the country. The people have a choice. If they don't like their leader, they can buy an air ticket to leave for a better country," he said.

http://www.malays...ews/180464
 
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Lack of skilled workers puts off investors

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Stemming the Malaysian exodus

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