The intangible matters – my first article for PEMANDU’s Kopitiam Ekonomi


So I will now start contributing on a regular basis to PEMANDU’s Kopitiam Ekonomi website. I will be writing about finance and economy, but from a very lay-person’s perspective. Perfect!!

The intangible matters
By Zan Azlee

So we all know that Malaysia has a big brain drain dilemma. More than a million Malaysians are living abroad making a living which is of a much higher financial value than back home. So what else is new, right?

Yeah, sure, working in more developed countries where the exchange rate is higher and the social welfare system is more efficient can mean more money for the same expertise that they have. Who can blame them?

So when the Malaysian government decides to pull all stops and to try and lure these Malaysian professionals living in ‘exile’ back home, most of the incentives they offer are financial ones.

A high salary awaits those who are willing to return and provide their services back home. Sometimes so high that one can only wonder why those who actually choose to stay and had never left in the first place can’t be rewarded.

But that’s another story for another day altogether.

For today, I would like to share a personal story of a family friend who decided to take up the offer by the Malaysian government to come home and work as a medical specialist after years of earning his living abroad. [Click to read the full article at Kopitiam Ekonomi]

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