Extract from Malaysia Insider :
Dr Fong Chan Onn in the STAR ( http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/5/16/nation/6273783&sec=nation ) had given a detailed report and analysis of this issue of migration and Malaysians working abroad. It is reported that Malaysia’s emigration numbers rose to 1,489,168, an almost 100-fold increase over the 45-year period. According to NEAC ( National Economic Advisory Council ) about 350,000 Malaysians are working abroad with over half of them having tertiary education. Statistics by the ministry shows majority of them work in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. For example , we often read in the news about shortages of doctors and nurses ; now is reported that 7,431 Malaysian nurses and 4,129 doctors are working in foreign countries.
This migration issue and working abroad is also compounded by many students studying overseas . After graduation they had choose to remain back . I know of few families whose children were sponsored by JPA, Mara to do their degrees in USA , Australia and USA but did not come back to serve as they deemed the grass is greener overseas or they prefer the lifestyle there . It is then up to JPA and Mara to initiate any legal proceedings for compensation against these students .
Dr Fong’s end his report giving reasons why Malaysians are leaving – read the details at the link stated above :
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