JOHOR BARU: Business groups want the government to come up with a better policy to stop Malaysians from migrating overseas, in particular Singapore.
Johor South SME Association adviser Teh Kee Sin said many were migrating to the island republic as both nations shared many similarities and were near to one another.
“The number of Malaysians migrating to Singapore will continue to grow. This situation is a boon for them but a bane for Malaysia.
“We must stop the brain drain. It has played a vital role in Singapore’s developed status, ” he said here.
Teh pointed out that Malaysians played key roles in Singapore nation-building and would do so for many years to come.
“Malaysians made up 44% of migrants across the Causeway.
“One key notion is that successful talent attraction and retention depends on the Government’s effort.
“The government must look into this matter seriously. Focus more on effective talent management and provide a meritocracy environment, ” he said.
Teh said the more effectively efforts were carried out by the Government, the more talents Malaysia would retain.
Johor Indian Business Association president S. Sivakumar said Malaysians migrating had led to many sectors in the state employing foreign workers.
“Soon many foreign talents will take up high paying jobs available in the country.
“We need good policies with political stability to attract more foreign investments, which will then create many jobs to entice Malaysians overseas to come back and work here, ” he added.
A report in Singapore Straits Times, citing the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs latest data, said Malaysians continue to make up the biggest group of contributing foreigners in the island republic.
The report showed that the percentage of Malaysians in Singapore had increased from 27% in 1990 to 44% last year.
In terms of numbers, Malaysian migrants in Singapore had gone up by about five times from 195,072 in 1990 to 952,261 in 2019, the report said.
Singapore, with its relatively stronger currency, is generally known to be a popular destination for Malaysians seeking work abroad.
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