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The Brain Drain Epidemic in Asia

The Brain Drain Epidemic in Asia


asiaWith an initial plan of attaining permanent residence in New Zealand, Dr Goh Chee Leong and his wife made a life-changing decision to return to Malaysia instead, to serve their home country.

The dean of the faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University revealed there were two main factors that drew them back to Malaysia.

He said, “One, we wanted to spend time with our families, as we had been away for a long time. Two, we wanted to make an impact in our country.”

Similar to Goh, there are many Malaysians who have returned to their homeland to share their talent, expertise, and experiences.

However, the issue of brain drain, that is, the emigration of skilled and intellectual individuals, continues to persist.

Goh admitted that it is challenging to recruit Malaysian talents abroad, especially if they reside in developed countries, where there is a better source of income and lifestyle.

He claims the only way to reach out to these individuals is through raising awareness of the available opportunities to make an impact in a growing economy like Malaysia.

Goh also insists that Malaysians abroad who do not intend to return can still contribute to their country in other ways.

They can help by providing ideas and solutions to develop the nation, introducing particular programmes, and assisting with data collection for research studies.

Apart from Malaysia, other developing countries in Asia, such as India and China, have also been battling the brain drain phenomenon for some time.

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