“We must bring the talents home and provide incentives to keep them home.”
PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his speech at the Mahathir Science Award 2008 and 2009. He said more scientists and innovators were needed, and that Malaysia must identify the reasons for the country’s inability to nurture a bigger pool of science professionals. He also said ways must be found to reverse the brain drain from Malaysia. (Source: Science, Technology And Innovation Important In Economic Planning – PM, Bernama, 29 Sept 2009)
“There’s a negative flow in the sense that more Malaysians would prefer to work overseas if they have the opportunity. We have to reduce that so that the flow would be more towards them wanting to work in Malaysia.”
Najib, during a gathering in Abu Dhabi, said the government must create more “buzz” about working in Malaysia so that Malaysian professionals would return to work in the country rather than overseas. He said Malaysian professionals were not so excited about working in Malaysia due to the relatively low wages compared with overseas wages. (Source: Najib On Move To Lure Malaysian Brains Back Home, Bernama, 22 July 2009)
“I felt very suppressed in Malaysia.
“I have benefited from the better research environment and salary scheme here (Singapore). Things are much smoother.”
Tan Chye Ling, a 32-year-old scientist and postgraduate in molecular biology who moved to Singapore after a decade of study and research in Malaysia. Tan estimated that 60% of her research teammates in Singapore are Malaysian, despite Malaysia’s efforts to develop a bio-technology industry. (Source: The leaving of the suppressed, Reuters as quoted in Malaysiakini, 16 May 2008)
“I refused to believe my eyes when I found out on Sunday through the PSD website that my application was unsuccessful.
“I felt that my world collapsed that day.
“I just want to become a doctor so I can serve the country.”
K Kamine Devi, a 17-year-old from SMK Ahmad Boestamam in Sitiawan. The former science-stream student scored 10 A1s in her SPM examination. However, the Public Service Department (JPA) rejected her application for a scholarship to study medicine. She was particularly disappointed as she said the JPA had issued a statement guaranteeing scholarships for students who scored nine As. It was reported that Kamine’s application to the matriculation programme was also rejected.
“… this is an Islamic state … if anyone doesn’t like it, just get out of Malaysia.”
Former Jerai Member of Parliament Badruddin Amiruldin from Umno, during a parliamentary discussion on whether Malaysia was an Islamic or secular state. (Source: Drama in the Dewan Rakyat, Malaysiakini, 11 July 2005; and Parlimen Malaysia – You Tak Suka, You Keluar Dari Malaysia, YouTube)
“As the higher education minister, I will never allow non-bumiputera students to enter UiTM. I will not compromise on this matter.
“I will ensure the quota of Malay [Malaysian] students’ entry into universities is always higher.”
Former Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Salleh, speaking at the 2004 Umno general assembly. (Source: UiTM out of bounds for non-bumi students – Dr Shafie, Utusan Malaysia, 25 Sept 2004)
“Balik, balik Cina!”
Several demonstrators, comprising Malay Malaysians from both the Barisan Nasional and the Pakatan Rakyat, protesting against the Bar Council forum on conversion to Islam on 9 Aug 2008 at the Bar Council building in Kuala Lumpur. (Source: Protest Bar Council’s Forum on Conversion to Islam, YouTube)
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