So much have been said about Malaysians migrating overseas and why they are leaving the country. Those in the oppositions have made it a political issue as if it is true Malaysia is losing a huge pool of its talents to other countries.
Few Malaysians, unless they are already very rich, and very few would want to migrate to Singapore.Only those who can find good paying job in the city state would consider moving over there and some would apply for permanent residence and keep their Malaysian citizenships. Very small number would take up Singapore citizenships, which is not easy to get,unless you are super brainy or super rich.
Their first choice would always be Australia,New Zealand,Canada or the UK, in order of priority. Australia has always been the country of choice for Malaysians, due to its close proximity.
Citizens leaving their country for other nations is not confined to Malaysia alone, even citizens from highly developed nations have left their country for lesser parts of the world.Most migrations were for economic reasons, mainly from poor countries to wealthier nations.The exodus were mostly from Pakistan,India,Bangladesh and poor
The Chinese have always been a migrating race.There are an estimated 33 million 'Chinese diasporas' outside China,Taiwan and Hong Kong.It is small compared to the total population of China.After a long period of little international migration from China the 1979 economic reforms has opened a new floodgate of migration primarily to the most developed parts of the world particularly Australasia,North America,Europe and South East Asia.
In spite of the unprecedented economic growth that have grown by leaps and bounds, which have made many Chinese very wealthy and opened doors of opportunity for the Chinese in China, there are still Chinese migrating.The migration flow would continue indefinitely as long as the sense of deprived mentality and persecutions prevail in the the Chinese mindset.
Singapore, a very much more successful economy and a nation where success is measured by the scale of your earnings or the length of your dick have seen increasing number of its citizen migrating overseas, particularly to Australia and New Zealand.
While it has been successful in luring many of the brightest brains from overseas, more and more of its own young professional are leaving.In the last ten years 97,990 Singaporeans left the country.Last year 12,707 Singaporeans asked for documents to apply for permanent residency overseas.Its hot economy has attracted over a million foreigners but on the other hand its own citizens have been leaving in record numbers abroad.
A poll showed that 21 percent of Singaporeans,mainly professionals, were considering emigration, half opting for Australia and New Zealand.A survey showed that almost 37 percent of youths say they are not patriotic.Indian youths are most ready to emigrate at 67 %, compared 60 % of Malays and 49 % of Chinese.
That shows that the Indians and Malays in Singapore felt the same way as the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia felt, a siege mentality.
The departure of these youths has a security dimension for Singapore as they all have been trained under its compulsory national service and the island nation is defended by its reservist soldiers.Their loss means fewer soldiers and the country permanent residents which have been given to many foreigners do not require them to serve in the national service (NS)(only their 18 year old sons are)
The brain drain is serious.
To importing large numbers of migrants from China and India, most of them treat it as a study and transit point.
So why is the wealthiest state in this region losing its youths at a higher rate than its poorer neighbours?
Ask Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Nik Aziz.
They may have the politicised answers.