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Why talented Malaysians leaving Malaysia?

I see two main reasons why talented Malaysians are preferred to work in overseas.

Myself as an expatriate for MNCs in overseas for several years and now residing in Malaysia for family reason. I have to announce openly that I regret to return to Malaysia.

First, Petronas sued me as a cyber squatter for American dot com domains (read carefully, not Malaysia dot my domains) for no reason when I started a consulting business in Malaysia. They pulled out uncertified domain whois from internet and accused me registered this domain,

The funny thing is Petronas itself registered the same domain in the same week. How on earth Petronas could register this domain if it was already registered by me?

Malaysia kangaroo court accepted all bullshits from Petronas and allow the court case dragging for eight years.

Petronas knew they have no legal basis to win the case in any open court. They simply to abuse Malaysia court system to drag me for a legal tussle for 8 years. They withdrew the case last year after only consultation with my lawyer. (I was not informed by my lawyer on this case withdrawal for the reason only God know!).

The systems in Malaysia either political or legal system is too corrupt. As in my case, GLCs like Petronas with rich resources can hire top law firm to bully you for any reasons.

Why? I was active in fxxxing old man, Mahathir in soc.culture.malaysia when Anwar was sacked. I believe someone with the advisor post in Petronas asked his company to drag me to court.

A Chinese university classmate who is smart enough to be a part of BN corrupt system is a multimillionaire now. I mean at least RM50 million from his hardworking effort plus the government contracts!

Second, local based companies (I mean both foreign and local companies) pay peanut to hire local Malaysians. As long you are Malaysians, your salary scale is automatic dumped into cheap scheme.

A renowned foreign head hunter approached me for a quality manager post when I just landed in Malaysia.

Max salary offered is RM6,000! See, an engineer in Singapore can earn more than a manager in Bolehland. This is why Malaysians prefer to work in kiasuland down south.

Malaysia at economic crossroads as it fights the great brain drain

Kuala Lumpur government announces new strategy to try and retain its brightest sons and daughters from emigrating

Dustin Roasa in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday 21 April 2011 18.47 BST

Malaysia hopes to hang on to the cream of its youth, who are currently seeking their fortunes abroad. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images
Sheng Cai Lim is a skilled and experienced IT professional, an asset to a country that aspires to grow into a fully developed nation by the end of the decade. There’s only one problem. Lim, 29, isn’t sure he wants to stay in Malaysia.

Lim says it’s 50/50 that he’ll leave. “I’ll likely go to Singapore for a few years, and then after that maybe Canada or New Zealand,” he said. He’s on a six-month sabbatical from work and recently registered with head hunters who place candidates abroad. “My friends overseas wonder why I’m still in Malaysia. They say there are better opportunities abroad,” he said.

If Lim does make the move, he’ll join the 1.5m Malaysians, or 5.3% of the population, who live and work outside of the country, according to the World Bank. By moving to countries such as Singapore, Australia and the UK, these migrants are creating a considerable brain drain that threatens the country’s economic progress.

“Brain drain is hurting the country’s drive to move up the value chain,” said Dr Ooi Kee Beng, senior fellow at the Institute of South-east Asian Studies in Singapore. “The fact that Malaysians fill many of the top and middle management posts in the region, from Shanghai to Singapore, tells us that the country is bleeding talent.”

The problem has been getting worse in recent years. More than 300,000 Malaysians left the country between March 2008 and August 2009, compared to nearly 140,000 in 2007, the deputy foreign affairs minister, Tuan A Kohilan Pillay told parliament. Many work in key sectors such as finance, technology and engineering.

Two factors are driving the exodus, said Tony Pua, MP and member of the opposition committee on the ministry of higher education. “First, there’s simple economics. You can make more money overseas,” he said.

The other cause is the country’s race-based affirmative action policies, Pua said, which favour ethnic-majority bumiputra, or sons of the soil, over minority Chinese and Indians, who make up 24% and 7% of the population, respectively.

“The two problems exacerbate each other. The economy has not been growing, and there’s an increasing demand for a bigger piece of the pie among bumiputra. As a result, the government is more prone to implement policies that favour them, and minorities feel excluded. It’s a vicious cycle,” Pua said.

Malaysian law provides bumiputra benefits such as rebates on property prices, quotas for university enrolment and civil-service jobs, and preferential treatment for government contracts, among other advantages. The laws, which were enacted in 1971 in an attempt to redistribute wealth in the wake of race riots in 1969, distinguish Malaysia from other Asian countries with brain-drain problems, such as the Philippines.

In interviews with Malaysians living in Kuala Lumpur and overseas, frustration with these laws and worries about rising racial tension and Islamic conservatism have led many to reconsider their futures in their country of birth.

“Malaysia is a very controlled and fanatic country,” said Janath Anantha Vass, 29, an ethnic Indian accountant in Kuala Lumpur who plans to move to Australia. “Melbourne suits my lifestyle the best, and I feel that’s the place for me.”

The Malaysian government is attempting to respond to the problem with an array of programmes, including 1Malaysia, a campaign designed to ease racial tensions. In January, Prime Minister Najib Razak launched the Talent Corporation, which seeks to lure back skilled Malaysians. But many are sceptical that these programmes will address the systemic problems driving brain drain.

“I’m not sure how effective Talent Corporation will be. Past programmes like this have not worked, and I’m not sure how this one is different,” said Evelyn Wong, an ethnic Chinese economics student at Scripps College in California, who blogs about brain drain.

But Dr Kim Leng Yeah, an economist at Ram Holdings in Kuala Lumpur, said Talent Corporation did at least demonstrate the government’s willingness to address the issue. “There has been a lot of public scepticism,” he said. “But it is a proactive move.” Representatives at Talent Corporation declined to comment.

As Lim, who is ethnic Chinese, considers his future, he has spent time thinking about his place in multicultural Malaysia. “I do realise that I am a minority in this country,” he said. “My family is encouraging me to leave. They say, ‘Malaysia doesn’t want us anymore, so why stay?'”

And while he hasn’t given up on eventually returning, he would have to see significant changes before doing so. “It doesn’t feel like the country is mature enough to tackle its problems right now. When we are ready to face our problems, I’ll be ready to come back,” he said.

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Jinjang says:

Our bain drain is CRITICAL and even the World Bank has commented on it many times. We are chasing away productive, skilled citizens and replacing them with uneducated Indonesians, Myanmars, Cambodians an Banglas. We are even giving many of these unqualified people instant citizenship (6P)while highly skilled foreign spouses are given the shove off just because of Umno’s religious and racial bigotry.

Low purchasing power, racism, political instability, low income, race-based policies, race based politics, high crime rates, corruption, no freedom of religion, no freedom of speech, no freedom of media, ISA laws, Inter racial marriage laws and non-dual citizenship laws; these are seen as just some of the reasons that have kept a lot of Malaysian talent away with 300,000 leaving annually now, most never to return. When one tertiary educated Malaysia leaves, it is quickly replaced by 5 unskilled worker who doesn’t speak Functional English nor BM here.

Our economy cannot transition to a high income economy because of lack of skilled workers. Isn’t this CRITICAL? When will it become critical for these goondus?

Taxpayers are investing heavily by educating our students (primary and secondary education), and then many leave the nation by the shiploads, and never to return.

Isn’t the Government deeply concerned about the leakages in the return on human capital?

Isn’t the Government interested in finding out about the pull and push factors, which led to the exodus of human capital?