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Published: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 6:39:50 AM

Malaysian nurses enjoy high salaries in Middle East

JOHOR BARU: Malaysian-trained nurses who go to work in the Middle East are highly paid and it is not surprising to see them driving a Mercedes-Benz or a BMW, said former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Datuk Syed Hussein Abdul Kadir Al-Habshee.

He said hospitals in the Middle East are willing to pay high salaries for foreign nurses to work there, adding that there were now about 2,000 Malaysian nurses working in the UAE and between 7,000 and 8,000 in Saudi Arabia.

Syed Hussein said they could fetch monthly salaries of more than US$3,000 (RM9,860), adding that they saved much of their earnings as their expenses such as accommodation and transport are all provided for.

Syed Hussein, who is chairman of the board of governors of Institut Sains and Teknologi Darul Takzim, was speaking to reporters at the college’s 8th convocation here yesterday.

Recalling a time when he had arranged a meeting between the nurses and former health minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng during his visit to the UAE years ago, Syed Hussein said: “The minister was surprised to see these Malaysian nurses coming to see him in high-end cars such as a Mercedes or BMW.”

Tags / Keywords: Career, Health, nurses, instedt, middle east, earning, high-end

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