A ‘quota-less’ education system is the first step to eradicate Malaysia’s brain drain problem

Editor’s Note: Malaysian Florence Tan (main pic) is now the deputy chief technologist for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and chair of the Small Spacecraft Coordination group. (Pic courtesy of NASA Goddard)

(Focus Malaysia) – WHEN Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was in New York recently to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), he lamented on the problem of brain drain from the country.

He said that he had instructed the relevant ministries to look into the problem of brain drain and how to entice those who have left the Malaysian shores to come back to contribute to the development of the nation.

It is well and good for Anwar to say this in a place like US because there is hardly any attention paid to the internal dynamics of Malaysia.

But is it surprising that talented Malaysians are leaving their shores to take up employment or migrating overseas?

Many of those who left the country and who have sought gainful employment have been affected by government policies. It was the non-recognition of their talents or the inability of the government to provide the recognition that led could have led to the brain drain.

Anwar is fully aware that one of the primary reasons for the brain drain is the inability and the reluctance of the government to recognise and reward talents in the form of opportunities, career paths and rewards.

How can Anwar expect overseas Malaysians to return back to the country when the political, social and economic environment was the reason that led to their migration in the first place?

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