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Brain Drain of Singapore

“It’s not about the money. I could have a better quality of life in Malaysia with my pay. I could have a semi-detached bungalow and have a maid there, but I would rather live in a government flat in Singapore.”[1]

Singapore has been one country in the Asia-Pacific least affected by brain drain. Why?

Perhaps the quality of life in Singapore has been consistently more appealing to residents compared to many of its neighboring countries. In an interview with a native Malay, he admits that the quality of life in Malaysia is not as important as his treatment by his country’s government:

“I’m not proud of being a Malaysian because I think the government doesn’t treat me as a Malaysian,” he said. “I would rather be a PR [permanent resident], a second-class citizen in a foreign country, than to be a citizen in my own country”

According to the World Bank Economic Monitor, Singapore has absorbed more than half of departing skilled workers from Malaysia. It would also see its population of well-educated people quadruple and the number of young people increase six-fold, the Gallup poll found.

In fact, Singapore has become one of the more desirable countries in which one can live and work.

[1]"Malaysia struggling to reverse brain drain." Malaysia Today. N.p., 4 Jan. 2011. Web. 24 May 2011. .

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