Made in Malaysia


Since my elder brother, Muhammad Saipudin migrates to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia this year, both of myself and wife are dreaming to follow him as well. In order to realise my dream, I have enrolled in UUM for a Master Degree in MHRM, and InsyaAllah, will be completing my course on April 2010.  I’ve also got another planning too..i.e.  to move to a MNC company in HR Generalist Role, and I didn’t expect to get quick chance  by joining Dutch Lady Milk Industries this coming December 2009. Thanks to God for giving me an easy path getting a new experience in HR line. However, it may take sometimes for me to explore an opportunity working abroad, especially in Middle East, as I have to gain and equip myself with HR Generalist knowledge before begin to look for the available opportunities.

“Stop talking about you Humaizi, sure you all be bored reading of my dream, right?hehe..hehe…”  Yesterday at home while checking a list of emails in my inbox, I saw an interesting email title “Made in Malaysia” which make me wonder, this must be a joke mail again, which I have interest more in reading rather than other types of emails…(now you know which type of email you should send to me)

Nops….the email is not a joke email, but an interesting facts which I  should share with everyone in my blog.  It is a thought of an author by the name of Tay Tian Yan published in Malaysian Insider. The issue is on Malaysia is exporting brain abroad, and importing unskill workers into the country. What will happen to Malaysia then by the year 2020? Why do Malaysian choose to work abroad? The answer is simple, because of SALARY, and if we are working in Jeddah, (or I believe in other Arabs Countries too), salary is tax free!!!

Ok, happy reading the articles that I paste below:

The following are true stories:

  • A Malaysian politician had heart surgery in Singapore.

The operation was successful. During his recuperation, the politician wanted to thank his three skilful doctors, including an anaesthesiologist.

He said: “Thanks to Singaporean doctors…”

“I’m sorry, sir. I’m from Malaysia,” interrupted one doctor.

“Me too.”

“Me as well.”

  • When a Malaysian company wanted to develop a new township abroad, it entrusted the project to a Singapore multinational company.

The first time when they met, the Singapore company sent a team of seven people, including the chief executive officer, chief architect and chief financial officer.

The meeting went smoothly. They relaxed and chatted.

The Malaysian company’s director said: “Durians from my hometown Kuala Pilah, Seremban taste the best. I’ll treat you all next time when you come.”

“Really? What area in Kuala Pilah? I’m from Kuala Pilah, too!” said the Singapore company’s chief executive officer.

Next, one by one, the other six from the Singapore team revealed their identities.

“I’m from Malacca.”

“I’m from Kuala Kangsar, Perak.”

“I grew up in Segamat.”

“My hometown is…”

And all of them were actually “made in Malaysia”.

There are countless similar stories around us.

And there is always another story behind each story.

Some were rejected by domestic universities while some were rejected by the government scholarship.

They couldn’t get it even with 10 As while others got only 10 Bs. As leaving might be better than staying, they just went to a different world after crossing the Causeway.

There is a deep feeling for every story.

According to Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) statistics, about 785,000 Malaysians are currently working abroad and 44 per cent of them are working in Singapore while the rest are working in other countries, including Hong Kong, China, Australia, Britain and the United States.

And two-thirds of them are professionals.

At the same time, most of the two million guest workers in Malaysia are from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India and Vietnam.

They are engaged in work which does not require a high educational background but just a little bit of brains. Low skill, low knowledge and, of course, low wages.

Malaysia has become a country that exports brains while importing labourers, resulting in a serious deficit in the knowledge trade.

The government started to lure our talent abroad in 2000 by offering a variety of incentives, including tax concessions and other conditions.

It has been nearly 10 years but only 770 people responded, with an average of 80 talents returning a year. The 770 are just a small number of the total number of people working abroad.

However, many of this small group of people still choose to leave again.

While many young people are not able to realise their dreams here and thus, they are packing and preparing to pursue their dreams in unfamiliar countries.

And they said that Malaysia wants to become a high-income country. –

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