i need to read more about what the “talent corporation” proposed by the government is really about, but here is what i know based on stories from friends and friends of friends and friends of friends of friends…
believe it or not, there are overseas-trained specialists who either want to come home or for some reason cannot remain overseas. they have skills that the malaysian population needs and there are loads of vacancies for them. so some of them may have a problem with the lack of facilities here, but there are also some who are willing to rough it out.
so they apply for work with the government and get told, occasionally in an arrogant manner, that their applications will be considered; just sit and wait. some get told that they have to spend 2 years as medical officers eventhough they’re already qualified specialists somewhere else. others wait…and wait…and wait…and don’t hear a word for months because their application probably disappeared into the bermuda triangle in the corridor.
in the meantime, our neighbours across the selat tebrau actively come onto malaysian soil to woo these specialists over, promising them state-of-the-art technology and research facilities, housing, good salaries and so on. they come with offer letters and leave with smiles.
what would a rational human being choose?
of course, things are probably not so simple. also, those stories i’ve heard may be exaggerated (although i’m beginning to doubt that more and more). whatever the case may be, we must be blind if we can’t even recognise someone that should be welcomed home with open arms and great incentives. if we are stuck behind standard operating procedures and tak apa attitudes, we will forever be here, in the status quo of discontent.
anyway, the rant ends here. for now. i forsee more reasons to rant as i enter the workforce.