Recently, YB Teresa Kok asked me "Why are Malaysians so keen to leave this country? Life overseas is not necessarily easier!" I agree that life overseas is not necessarily. In fact my cousins living in
me regularly that they miss the food and that things are much cheaper at home.
They complain about the weather, high cost of living and their long working
hours. Despite this, when the possibility of coming back home is raised, they
give me a smile and a shake of their heads. London
Is living in
really so bad? What is it that other countries have that we don't? Lim Kit
Siang posted on his blog in December 2009 that more than 630 Malaysians are
migrating overseas everyday, and that number is increasing year on year. Malaysia
This is a worrying statistic and the brain drain issue is one that the current government acknowledges that it is a problem. However, the best they can come up with to make them come back are tax breaks, and tax free vehicles. From day one, it has become apparent these 'perks' would simply not work.
This government has a habit of tackling problems in this country by providing quick fixes. The 2012 Budget should really be called the 'quick-fix' budget as RM232 billion is mindlessly spent, with unrealistic economic growth forecasts to back it up.
Yes, 60% of households would receive a RM500 relief and we thank the government for it. What then? RM500 does not combat rising costs, or inflation. How far can RM500 bring us nowadays? Not very far. In no time at all, that RM500 has become a distant memory and we are back to square one.
The Kedai 1Malaysia initiative was put in place by the government to sell cheap products subsidised by the government, and more are to be opened across the nation. Shop owners are now screaming in displeasure as they cannot possibly compete. If the government is intent on handing out subsidies, subsidise the shops which are already operating! Another poorly planned quick fix that provides no long term solution.
Where is the long term economic plan? Where is the investment in our children's future? Fixing school buildings is an excellent initiative, but the real problem lies in the fabric of the education system.
Our children are taught to be robots, to regurgitate material and not to question their teacher. Many scoff at the lowering of standards in the ongoing PMR exams, and an Additional Mathematics SPM paper was allegedly leaked out to tuition centres. Is all this in the name of grades, just to make the Education Ministry look good? How can this system prepare our children to be competent, effective members of society? The biggest losers in all of this are our nation's children.
A friend over dinner told me earnestly that he was preparing to leave the country for the sake of his children. As disheartening as it was to hear, he proceeded to tell me why.
His vision for his children was for them to grow up in a society in which they would not be discriminated against. Although racism is also prevalent in other countries, in
institutionalised and sanctioned by the Barisan Nasional government. Malaysia
Furthermore, corruption is rampant throughout all levels of government. The payment of corruption money in cases of obtaining building or business licenses is so prevalent, that many businesses have included such a payment in their expense budgets. How can this continue be the case?
These issues are all correlated, and opportunities continue to be stifled. Talented people leave because
appears to have no
appreciation for their abilities. Nepotism and favouritism are practised on the
basis of the "Lu tolong gua, Gua tolong lu" principle rather than
getting the best person for the job. Malaysia
Our English standards have been lowered in order to record more exam passes, but quality is sacrificed as a result. If even masters degree holders from local universities are unable to speak proper English, how can we then become a globally competitive nation?
After this budget, more and more people are convinced that this BN government cares only about staying in power and not for the long term development of the nation. The exodus of talented individuals will continue unless necessary reforms are put in place.
On a recent trip to the
on our stopover in Hong Kong, a fellow passenger remarked that they could
finally talk about issues of
as they dared not voice out their displeasure at home. Recalling so many
holding up their fingers to their lips to shush their friends from bringing up
national issues, it is obvious that many feel that we are living under
Finally, one of my old schoolmates residing in
me that he wanted to come home to take care of his parents. "But the
biggest thing stopping me from coming home now is the government". A
change in government may not automatically bring Malaysians home, but what it
would do is provide hope for the future of our nation, and hope for our future