KUALA LUMPUR: Centre for Global Affairs Malaysia (ICON) president Abdul Razak Baginda has advised Malaysians against flinching from the thought of leaving the country if they must do so to get jobs or to take advantage of other forms of economic opportunities.
Speaking at a forum entitled “Post-politics: Malaysians’ hopes and aspirations” at Bangunan Getah Asli here, he said a brain drain from Malaysia could be a good thing for the nation because it would remind the government of opportunities it had lost.
He said it was the government’s responsibility to provide enough incentives for talented locals to stay in the country and it therefore had no right to stop people from leaving for better opportunities.
“If you don’t see chances in your own country, then go abroad. But weigh your options first.”
He claimed that the Malaysian corporate world was racially divided although he acknowledged that there were still foreign companies in the country that job seekers could look at.
He said public-listed Malaysian companies were “all made up of one race” from the top to the middle levels. “Another race hold jobs as either drivers or despatch riders.
“Meanwhile, government-linked-companies are mono-racial.”