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Talent migration 26.2.12

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Talent migration 26.2.12

  1. 1. Talent Migration or Migration in Disguise? : A Christian Perspective 26 February 2012
  2. 2. The Best Countries In The World – Newsweek 2010
  3. 3. 1.The Great Malaysian Brain Drain • 700,000 – 1,000,000 living abroad • 300,000 alone in Singapore • 304,358 in 2009 vs 139,696 in 2007 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. 4. 2. Opportunity, Security & Education
  5. 5. 2.1 Opportunity and Globalisation • Work-life balance (Lam Kin Ben) • Work opportunities (smart engineers) • Less hierarchical overseas Source : Star Education
  6. 6. 2.2 Security : Race & Religion • Fairer treatment (Rozana) • Future worries (Vishnu) Source : Star Education
  7. 7. 2.3 Education • The classic case of Tan Zhongshan – from Cambridge to Singapore Legal Service Source : Star Education
  8. 8. Amy Chua : “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”
  9. 9. 3. Historical Clues3.1 Hyper powers amassing extraordinary military and economic might – an analysis3.2 Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Rome, Tang Dynasty, the Great Mongol Empire, Dutch, British and the USA versus Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan3.3 Pluralism vs monoculturalism
  10. 10. 4. Merits Based Culture • Performance and merit vs social protectionism • Uncertain level playing field • Skin colour, creed or even political affiliations • An anachronism in a globally wired world and social media technology e.g. Ambika
  11. 11. 5. Regional Comparisons for 1998 - 2007(a) Higher Education (post-SPM) Malaysia (30%), Singapore (46%), Thailand (41%), S. Korea (89%)(b) Skills level Malaysia (20%), Singapore (49%), Taiwan (33%), S. Korea (35%) Source : Talent Corp.
  12. 12. 6. Demographics of Chinese in Malaysia – Another Nail? Proportion of Chinese in total population Year Percent 1957 45..0 + 1970 35.6 1980 32.1 1991 26.9 2000 24..5 2010 22.6 * 2035 18.6 ** Source : Department of Statistics and ISEAS
  13. 13. 7. Islamisation and Race Supremacy 1. JAIS raid on Dream Centre and the Royal Findings 2. Syariah laws vs Civil laws vs Constitution e.g. Hudud controversy & Valentine’s Day 3. Malay nationalism on the rise 4. Constitutional interpretation
  14. 14. “No greater love hath dad andmoms than they lay down their lifesavings for their children to study overseas and emigrate”
  15. 15. 8. 2020 Vision : Government’s Answer to Brain Drain Reversal? 60 BOs GTP 7 NKRAs High NEM Income ETP Nation 142 EPPs 10th 12 NKEAs MP
  16. 16. 9. Talent Corp : Reversal of Talent Migration & Challenges9.1 1st January 2011 to attract the estimated 700,000 skilled Malaysians working abroad9.2 Vehicle to facilitate Malaysia as a developed country by 20209.3 Consideration of vocational stream along the German model i.e. 60% workforce9.4 Task of convincing, engaging and persuading the Malaysian Diaspora
  17. 17. 10. Thinking Out Of A Box : Creative Options • Contribution from afar – Professor Danny Quah of NEAC and the NEM, Dato Jimmy Choo on Shoe Institute • The Chinese Methodist Church in Australia and SCAC • Malaysian history as a clue to the past e.g. Peranakans, Chittys, Eurasians and in the US today, Silicon Valley, Wall Street & London • Foreign Talent and the Resident Pass on a 10 year visa entry, flat tax rate of 15% over 5 years
  18. 18. 11. The Malaysian Church & Diaspora• Networking and dialogue with those who have left by updating them on developments• Avoid judgmental attitude on those who leave us• Interesting phenomenon : some return to contribute e.g. Gen. Y
  19. 19. 12. Age Old Debate on Immigration – Quo Imus Hinc(a) Scriptural and Theological Arguments (Tien Fock) 1. Genesis 12:1-9 : The Larger Plan of God 2. Genesis 46:1-34 : The Push and Pull Factor 3. Ruth 1:1-5 : Personal Choice or Necessity 4. 2 Chronicles 11:13-17 : Political Separation
  20. 20. (b) Is Immigration a Panacea (Hwa Yung/Selvendran /Peter Young) 1. Fallen World : Moral decadence of the West 2. Church on the decline and secularism 3. Terrorist attacks 4. Modern developments : US, Eurozone (Greece, Ireland & Portugal) under huge debt burdens, Japan’s triple whammy, NZ’s earthquake, Australia’s drought/floods, UK civil riots
  21. 21. 13. Conclusion : Our Ultimate Confidence• Malaysia as a nation has survived thus far the critical junctions. Will it continue to do so – where is God’s hidden Hand?• The Jeremiah Confidence and Dual Citizenship: Jeremiah 29:11-13, Jeremiah 32:6-44 & Ephesians 1:1-3

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