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EVER walked into a grocery store or a food stall and got greeted by a foreign worker, and then only to be met by a blank stare when you requested for something?
WHO says age is just a number? We celebrated Malaysia's 53rd year of independence on Tuesday. On the scale of political history, we are a young nation still, but if we look at our demographics, we are showing more than a touch of grey. While we plan to achieve developed nation status by 2020, that may also be the year when we become an ageing society.
Every now and then, we hear of friends and relatives leaving for greener pastures abroad. While we are happy that they are moving on, their leaving also leaves a lump in our throats. Last month, the issue of our people leaving was brought up again when about 300,000 left, double that of the previous year. Do we, as a nation, have the will power to stem the outflow of skills and talent, the building blocks of our country?
THERE are reasons why people leave the country of their birth. Usually, it is for the sake of their children's education and future. Or it could be their own personal professional advancement. Or it could be a slew of reasons to do with the socio-economic and political factors.
The Government should waive the RM300 fee per employee that employers or employees themselves must pay to enrol in the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) programme, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) said.