Earlier on last year, ex-Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew laughed a country which only know how to import blue collar workers will not get very far. Well, Malaysia is well-known in importing blue collar workers from Indonesia, Philippines, Indian, Thai, etc.
Look at where Singapore and Malaysia today, is Lee brought up the right point? Let's take our education as an example.
Our government always complaints that many of our professionals do not return to serve in our own country but prefer to work overseas. They advice them to come back and they should be patriotic to the country. Due to this problem, Malaysia is seriously lack of professional like doctors and engineers. While at the same time there are lots of graduates could not find a job after came out from Universities and Colleges. Why is that?
Our government allocated a lot of budget providing primary and secondary education to all Malaysian for almost free, which is 6 years in primary school, 5 to 6 years in secondary school and perhaps 1 to 2 years in Form 6. It provide almost free training to all Malaysian for 11 to 13 years.
For top students who scored many As in SPM or STPM, about 60% of them export to other countries, and nearly 30% of them absorbed by Singapore for FREE. Free means the Singapore Government provides these top students full scholarship and grant them Permanent Resident'ship a couple of months before they graduated. They don't even have to apply PR if their result is good.
Our Government trained the potential professionals for 11 years, but Singapore only train them 4 years where they will work for Singapore for the next 20 to 30 years or even for the rests of their life.
So who is smarter now? I'm totally agreed with Mr.Lee. Well, it's time for our Government to wake up and improve. It looks like we desperately need smarter leaders who care for Malaysia's future. But too bad, they are away from Malaysia.