Multi-lingual R&D Talent

Reading a recent article from the BBC, what struck me was our government’s myopic and stubborn blindness at the biggest crisis that our country faces – brain drain.

In the article, a representative from Cyberview says that, “Our advantage is that our multilingual skills, and the talent we have here, is more globally accepted because of our multicultural mix.”

This is totally fine except that the problem we face is that, “Analysts say many companies end up doing their research and development overseas, partly because they cannot find the right talent.”

The high-technology companies in Malaysia are having difficulty finding the right kind of talent for research work and we’re harping the fact that we’ve got multi-lingual and multi-cultural advantages.

Which got me thinking – what has multi-lingual or multi-cultural stuff got to do with research and development skills and talent? Our government does not even understand the question, much less the answer.

This is totally sad.

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Shawn Tan

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

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