Retaining Talent

I sometimes wonder if the government reads my blog – many people do. In a recent entry, I actually complained that it was unfair for our government to send our best and brightest overseas while pressuring our local varsities to out-perform themselves and be kings of the hill.

Then, here comes our DPM saying that, “the Government is looking at sponsoring more top students at local universities so that the country can retain talents, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. He said he believed local universities were comparable to foreign ones.”


I do not think that it is untrue when he says that some local varsities are comparable to foreign ones. I think that it is better for our government to send those who get into third-rate foreign universities to local ones instead. It would be cheaper and probably produce comparable results either way.

By keeping some of our talent here, we would also help our local universities with the student quality. We would hopefully, ‘raise-the-bar’ by placing a few punching bags in strategic places and improve the overall standards.


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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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