KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Service Department (PSD) has referred to the Attorney-General's Office the case of 44 government-sponsored medical graduates who failed to return after completing their studies overseas.
Parliamentary secretary in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum said the graduates did not apply to defer their return to Malaysia, which violated the terms of their agreement with the PSD.
The Government agreed to allow graduates to stay back for between one and four years but with permission from the PSD and under certain circumstances, he said in reply to a question by Tay Puay Chuan at the Dewan Negara yesterday.
He said among the circumstances were if the graduates were pursuing studies at a higher level or waiting for their spouses to complete their studies or training.
On their return, he added, the graduates would be required to register with the Public Service Commission and the Malaysian Medical Council to facilitate their appointment in the civil service.
A total of 264 medical graduates have failed to return after completing their studies.
They were among the graduates whose applications to stay back were rejected.
Mohd Johari said government-sponsored students who failed to return must pay back the costs incurred, which included study fees, allowances and flight tickets.
Previously, in 2003, such graduates would have been fined RM160,000, but now they have to pay all the costs, which in the case of those who studied in Ireland amount to almost RM1mil per student. Bernama
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