From Dr. Phyo to brain drain crisis.
Dr. Phyo, from Myanmar, speaks fluent English. He knows some useful words in Bahasa Malaysia as well, such as ada baik? (feeling good?), sakit (pain), ingat makan ubat (remember to take the medicine), rehat banyak (rest more), etc.
You may ask why i know Dr. Phyo? Actually i went to a clinic, it's apparently operated by Malaysian, however i was told by a nurse when she was handing me a medical card that the locum doctor of the evening was Dr. Phyo. The surname Phyo, sounds like Burmese, i knew it because most of my ex-workers at a construction site in Singapore were Burmese and Thais. So it was not a shock until i talked to Dr. Phyo and knew his nationality.
Disappointed to know that Malaysia has reached such a level that both foreign labours and expats are needed in the country. Disappointed? Why?? How come??? This is not a fact worth to be proud of. Instead, it's a shame. Shame because we have hundreds of brilliant students scored straight As every year but their ambitions to be a doctor smashed by the quota system set by the government. Most of them either couldn't get a place in any Malaysian university to study medicine or given other choices (engineering, bio-science, pharmacy, etc), have no choice but to accept other offers to study abroad. Many of these overseas qualified doctors are reluctant to come back serving the country. Eventually, the problem - shortage of doctors is getting worse until we have to import qualified doctors from our neighboring country, Myanmar. Sigh...
I am pretty sure the affected profession is not doctor only, we are, in fact, facing a severe brain drain crisis at the moment in all professional positions because i was just informed that few Malaysian teachers had decided to teach in Singapore next year. What's wrong? We can't close one eye letting this problem becoming worst. We really need a change!
p.s. : No worry i am 90% recovered. :)
*大馬 = 馬來西亞
Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia, 24/11/2011