Posted: 13 Sep 2011 12:37 AM PDT
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to look at brain drain in a wide perspective such as fair and just policies, not just Perdana Univerity.
On 13.9.2011, Dr Tan comments on the Prime Minister's hope that what he considers the world's best curriculum will stop brain drain. Presumably, he only means the medical field.
Just as other countries, Malaysia faces brain drain. Datuk Seri Najib repeatedly says that he wants to attract and retain talents in this country. This is logical. Besides laudable statements, he would need wider vision.
The university is a teaching medical school, a joint partners with Johns Hopkins University, USA, and the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.
Indeed, there are many reasons for brain drain. In advanced countries, brain gain exceeds brain drain.
Yesterday, Najib spoke at the installation ceremony of the Perdana University, making former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad the first Chancellor. He says,"I hope the chance to study the best medical curriculum in the world will encourage more of our country's top graduates to stay at home."
John Hopkins is one of the renowned universities. Whether the curriculum at Perdana University is the best in the world. It will be assessed. Only time will tell.
Apparently, by 2014 this RM2.5 bil university will have 600-bed hospital with 1,000 students. Lets hope it will perform as expected. Will it halt brain drain?
Factors such as unfair policies, bureaucracy and lower salaries result in brain drain in various fields. While looking for effective economic policy, we wish the Prime MInister concentrate on truly fair and just policies and the efforts to grapple with bureaucracy.
Tan Seng Giaw
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