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Saturday, July 21, 2007
MOSTI Minister on sabattical in the US
Got this notification from a friend. For those of you who are scientists and / or engineers in the US, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and are interested to meet with him and his staff (yes, this is JJ, the same minister that was blogged about here and here), he will be in the US from July 23rd to August 1st in the following cities: Boston, NY, Chicago, Washington DC, SF and LA. For more details, please email: email@example.com or call 603-26949898(ext.123). He's on part of a 'Brain Gain' trip to recruit scientists and researchers to go back to Malaysia.
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With all the issues happening in Malaysia - declaration of Islamic state, Lina Joy and etc, who would have wanted to go back to her, especially those who are enjoying the fruits of their decision?
I won't go back unless the government upholds the Constitution and settle all the outstanding political and religious issue. Period.
I guess it must be tough for Malaysians to find permanent jobs in the U.S. This doesn't sound good for students dreaming to study in the US. The pay in IPTA is so low that I always wonder why they go back. JJ should wait for the next recession to happen in the U.S. and Malaysians will go back in droves. Who was the minister who said not to worry about brain drain because they would come back to Malaysia? He must have met many Malaysians asking to come back otherwise he wouldn't be so confident to say that. With all the talks about non-Bumi emigrating, I cannot believe reading that since Independence only 86,078 Chinese and 8,667 Indians have given up their citizenship. How is the number so low when almost all the Malaysian Chinese that I have met have decided to stay in the US for good and given up their citizenships? Probably, people postings on blogs are just all talk when in actual fact they also go home sooner or later. How do you give up the citizenship anyway and how does the govt know you have got other citizenship? Do you just call the Malaysian Embassy and said here is your freaking IC or Mykad or Paspot?
Well, these "86,078 Chinese and 8,667 Indians" can have two meanings.
1. The actual number has been greatly reduced by the government to cover the truth. After all, our BN government is the smart ass in doing this kind of blow job.
2. Many people do not even bother to file it with Malaysian embassy and just throw the passport and IC away into the dustbin. So now you know why there are so many counterfeit passports and ICs circulating out there? They were picked up by someone ;)
But still, "86,078 Chinese and 8,667 Indians" is not s small number because these are all profesionals. What a waste.
Actually more than that left... for a simple unspun version of that, read
Come one, recruit scientists/researchers ??? Cari gang to suck out all the money from the taxpayers lar......
There is another possibility: those who have emigrated but have not thrown in the towel, so to speak, as yet. i.e., they are PR but have not filed for citizenship for one reason or another. Thus, they are still Malaysian citizens, at least on paper.
Another excuse for a junket at taxpayer expense.
Is he going back to the US to insult more Malaysians?
I don't see any effort of the ministry trying to recruit scientist back to Malaysia. If you look at the education section on The Star last week, you'll notice that they have scraped the idea of bringing back the scientists back home to train our youngsters, instead, reinstate that it's not important for the scientist to be present physically in Malaysia. I don't see how this will work.
Did anyone go to the NY meeting last night? How was it?
This was posted on the Malaysia Consulate, NY about the Brain Gain event.
BRAIN GAIN MALAYSIA (BGM) DIALOGUE SESSION
The Consulate organized a dialogue session with the Malaysian Community to promote the Brain Gain Malaysia (BGM) Programme in New York on Thursday, 26 July 2007.
The dinner-cum-dialogue session was hosted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia (MOSTI) led by Mr. Ooi Goan Lee, the Director of Brain Gain Malaysia Programme.
According to Mr. Ooi, MOSTI has been tasked to spearhead and promote the ‘Brain Gain Malaysia Programme to the Malaysian scientists, Researchers and Technopreneurs abroad to facilitate R&D collaboration and commercialization with their counterparts in Malaysia and also to introduce the programme to Malaysian post-graduate students in USA’.
More than 20 Malaysians from various professional disciplines including finance and investment institutions, researchers, academicians and post-graduate students participated in the dialogue.
On the whole, the dialogue has attracted interests among the Malaysian professionals and succeeded in reaching out the idea and concept of the Brain Gain Malaysia programme. The key interesting point about the BGM is that efforts to tap the expertise of international scientists do not involve relocating these individuals. Instead it links scientists with industry by way of bridging the gap between research and commercialization.
As this was their first outing, the brain storming session could also be viewed as a fact finding mission drawing inputs and criticisms from which MOSTI could improvise the structure and contents of the BGM programme.
Many feel that the dialogue should not be a one-off event but a continuous exercise in order to create a positive impact towards achieving the objective of the programme.
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