Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Singapore tap talents from the world

Singapore has their talent management globally, tapping the best young talents from all over the world. The talent market is open to the world.

Singapore's Talent Management
Singapore’s top O-level student was not here to collect her results and may not even continue her studies in Singapore. She is from Malaysia. Out of 43 top students, 6 are from Malaysia, 11 from China, foreign students totalling 40% of the top students. My God, 6 top students will be lost to Singapore.......all full As students, Singapore "A" loh.....not easy.

Haw Sue Hern, from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, had just returned to her home in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, after a holiday in Beijing when she learnt of her results. Her family had planned their holiday before the announcement last week that the O-level results would be released yesterday. She is currently enrolled in an 11-month pre-university course at Taylor’s University College, a private education institution in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

(source: MalaysianInsider)

Top student Lai is an Education Ministry scholar from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Her success is all the more remarkable given that she was struggling with her studies just four years ago, when she first arrived in Singapore.

"My primary school was a Chinese school so I used to do maths and science in Chinese, so when I came here, I had a hard time adapting to the English standard," she said.

"I started off by memorising quotes because I realised that it was harder to apply word for word if you learn the word itself as you wouldn't know how to use it in a sentence."

Sue Hern’s score of 10 A1s made her the top O-level performer out of 36,640 students this year. The top student in Singapore. Finishing close behind Sue Hern(e.g. 2nd rank) was her classmate and fellow Malaysian Cheong Jia Ee, and Anderson Secondary student Low Wan Ting. Both of them scored nine A1s and one A2. Jia Ee, 16, is planning to study at ACS (Independent), Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) or Raffles Institution.

“I’ve known Sue Hern since Primary 1 when we were in the same Chinese school in Malaysia. I am happy that both of us did so well in the O levels,’ she said.

Hear what the young talents and top students from various countries talk about Singapore.

Singapopre has a supreme talent management program; Malaysia has a good talent export program.

Malaysia's Brain Drain

The talent management of Malaysia is restrictive, with limitations induced by the national political policies. Even there was much improvement, but the talent management system is still not transparent and open. Not only at the national level, the corporate level talent management are practicing the same restricted policies. If the nation continue to impose restriction on the opportunities faced by the talent, the nation will continue exporting young talents and experienced professionals. And even the nurses and technician.....

Some may deny it, but the fact speak for itself. Look at the Penang incident, where have all the senior engineers gone? long time passing, we only realized it now....

Look at the following news on 10-11-2009 from the NST:

Penang lost out on a multibillion-dollar foreign investment because it does not have enough experienced electrical and electronic engineers, state officials said.

The assertion could point to a worrying drop in Malaysia’s international competitiveness. After all, Penang is dubbed the country’s Silicon Valley.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng told Parliament recently that the state lost US$3 billion (RM10.2 billion) worth of foreign investment because it could not “commit to having 1,000 engineers”.

“We have a shortage of engineers in Penang, and the investor specified that it needed senior electrical and electronic engineers, which we do not have in big supply,” Ooi told The Straits Times. According to Lim’s chief of staff Jeff Ooi,the brain drain, as Malaysian professionals get lured away by higher pay elsewhere and are turned off by the shrill debates on race and religion. There are also concerns that the country’s education system does not produce quality graduates.

“It all boils down to salaries,” said Shamsuddin Bardan, executive director of the Malaysian Employers Federation. A senior engineer working in the US could make about RM30,000 a month, compared to about RM20,000 in Malaysia.

Fui K. Soong, executive director of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, suggested that a review of the country’s tax structure could help attract talent. “Professionals make much more overseas where the tax structure is much lower than in Malaysia...We have to move up the value chain and create a high-income economy,” she said.

Critics say the tax system burdens the middle class — professionals, entrepreneurs and civil servants — the most.

(Extract from — The Straits Times)

If you still doubt about brain drain, check with IEEE,how many members are with IEEE, an international professional body for E&E engineers. Where did all the experienced engineers went?

Professionals and young talent are not worry of restrictive measure on their future; as they are in demand in the global market. The talent market is global market, not a localized market. If you are still a domestic player in the talent market, you have lost the battle of the competitiveness to attract the talents, not only globally but also own local talents.

Malaysia really have to do some serious soul searching; have we done enough to retain our talent? Why the other countries can attract our talents?.....

Dun play play with talent ah, FDI also play play lah....dun play play with G generation,they have no sense for job loyalty or any loyalty.....the world is their, they are in the borderless world.....dun play play with them.

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