Saturday, August 10, 2013

Chua: More than one reason for brain drain woes - The Star Online

PUTRAJAYA: One cannot pinpoint a single factor to Malaysia's brain drain problem as there is a combination of factors at work, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

Dr Chua was referring to Singa-pore's former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's comment in his book One Man's View of the World in which he blamed Malaysia's acute brain drain on the Government's insistence on promoting "one race above others".

"I do not totally agree with Lee Kuan Yew. There are other factors at play, such as better pay, work environment, infrastructure and security.

"It is a combination of factors. So we cannot single out one factor as the cause of brain drain," he said at the Prime Minister's Hari Raya open house on Thursday.

Lee had written: "They (the Malaysian government) are prepared to lose that talent in order to maintain the dominance of one race."

He also assessed efforts to lure Malaysians back to their home country as "too little, too late", noting that the percentage of the Chinese and Indian ethnic groups in Malaysia's population had dwindled since 1970, saying that a 2010 census showed lower figures for both groups.

Meanwhile, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the party had pledged to continue playing its part in ensuring fairness for all races in the implementation of government policies.

He said this was necessary to preserve harmony in the country.

"I would say that in the past, the issue of 'ketuanan Melayu' would have caused some migration of the people out of the country. But we want to emphasise that Malaysia is a multi-racial country.

"We don't want to see any race that is more dominant than others," he added.
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