I think Big Dog's latest posting has a very nice title,
Mahal rantai daripada beruk
It started with criticisms about Talent Corp, that outfit setup by consultants and advisers of the PM to bring back our talents from overseas to fill up our so called "brain drain".
I had wanted to write about this useless bit of thing quite awhile ago but had refrained from doing so due to the then impending general election. Don't want to give free bullets to the enemy, so I thought.
Now that the general election is over, I think I can write a bit about it.
First, I would like to say that this so called brain drain thing is a load of crap.
Are they (consultants and advisers) saying this country got no brain left that we have to spend tones of money to entice back those who had choose other countries as their greener pasture?
Why don't we just spend the money to train those who are still in this country instead.
Are those who works and live overseas much better than those who are in this country?
People have been leaving this country all the while but it has still progressed since Merdeka. In fact Malaysia has been doing well with the loyal talents serving this country since then.
Of course it could be better as things are never perfect, but what is the point of trying to get at things which was never meant to be.
If those who had left wanted to come back, they would do so on their own accord. There is no need to spend money to entice them back.
In fact, over the years, thousands had returned after realizing that this country is better than UK, US or Australia. I know some of them. In fact, my mother is one of them as she had worked in Taiwan for a few years when she was young before deciding to return home.
Now, the claim that Talent Corp had brought home over 2,000 talents after spending millions of ringgit, why don't we do an independent audit on that one?
Let's see how many of them had actually decided to come home after reading Talent Corp's brochures and how many more suddenly feeling patriotic and want to serve the country after listening to Talent Corp jet setting officials' talks in London, Paris and New York?
By the way, why don't we also do an audit on the money spend and flying hours of the Talent Corp officials to all those glamourous places and check how many talents that they had actually enticed home for each trip?
Honestly, I think PM DS Najib Razak should just put a stop to this nonsense. The days of pandering to people who feel that this country is not their first choice home should be over by now.
It's the same folly as pandering to people who think they are second class citizens despite being richer and living much better then others in this blessed country of ours.