I received this following email from a friend of mine again and it reflects exactly what is happening to this country. We successfully chased away all the best brains and kept the brainless at home, including our politicians.
One of my ”old” friend once said that our country is doing sooo well in it’s economy and justified it by showing how millions of foreigners come to find a job here from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc etc. For her, this shows how good this country’s economy is. Basically she was trying to defend the UMNO led government.
This was 2 years ago, when she made the statement. I responded that the economy is actually not doing well and how we have lost all the brains. All this workers are unskilled labourers who do not bring any long term benefit to the country. She was adamant the she is right then but now , w e know who is right!
Made in Malaysia — Tay Tian Yan NOV 13 — The following are true stories:
• A Malaysian politician had heart surgery in Singapore. The operation was successful. During his recuperation, the politician wanted to thank his three skilful doctors, including an anaesthesiologist. He said: “Thanks to Singaporean doctors…” “I’m sorry, sir. I’m from Malaysia,” interrupted one doctor. “Me too.” “Me as well.”
• When a Malaysian company wanted to develop a new township abroad, it entrusted the project to a Singapore multinational company. The first time when they met, the Singapore company sent a team of seven people, including the chief executive officer, chief architect and chief financial officer. The meeting went smoothly. They relaxed and chatted. The Malaysian company’s director said: “Durians from my hometown Kuala Pilah, Seremban taste the best. I’ll treat you all next time when you come.” “Really? What area in Kuala Pilah? I’m from Kuala Pilah, too!” said the Singapore company’s chief executive officer. Next, one by one, the other six from the Singapore team revealed their identities. “I’m from Malacca.” “I’m from Kuala Kangsar, Perak.” “I grew up in Segamat.” “My hometown is…” And all of them were actually “made in Malaysia”.
There are countless similar stories around us. And there is always another story behind each story. Some were rejected by domestic universities while some were rejected by the government scholarship. They couldn’t get it even with 10 As while others got only 10 Bs. As leaving might be better than staying, they just went to a different world after crossing the Causeway.
There is a deep feeling for every story.
According to Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) statistics, about 785,000 Malaysians are currently working abroad and 44 per cent of them are working in Singapore while the rest are working in other countries, including Hong Kong, China, Australia, Britain and the United States. And two-thirds of them are professionals.
At the same time, most of the two million guest workers in Malaysia are from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India and Vietnam. They are engaged in work which does not require a high educational background but just a little bit of brains. Low skill, low knowledge and, of course, low wages.
Malaysia has become a country that exports brains while importing labourers, resulting in a serious deficit in the knowledge trade. The government started to lure our talent abroad in 2000 by offering a variety of incentives, including tax concessions and other conditions. It has been nearly 10 years but only 770 people responded, with an average of 80 talents returning a year. The 770 are just a small number of the total number of people working abroad. However, many of this small group of people still choose to leave again.
While many young people are not able to realise their dreams here and thus, they are packing and preparing to pursue their dreams in unfamiliar countries. And they said that Malaysia wants to become a high-income country. — mysinchew.com