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Better here

2 May 2006

At least that’s what Prof Dr Lokman paints it out to be here.

The article reports that Malaysians have less opportunities for training and promotions in Britain (but he went to Ireland which isn’t quite “Britain” but nevermind) because priority is given to EU doctors. I wouldn’t doubt that, really, since it is common in many countries to give priority to their own citizens over IMGs. And once you are in a country not of your own, you will expect better treatment to be given to your local colleagues.

Apparently, there are more opportunities here and our standards are on par, if not better than the British (or Irish). Oh yes, we also produce more specialists each year, about 400 as compared to the 50 who return from Britain (or is it Ireland?) each year. I have got a problem with that. I don’t know how standards are measured, or whether there is a way to do such measurements in the first place… so how does the good Prof determine that our standards may be better? And if we produce 400 specialists a year and only 50 return from Britain/Ireland, does that mean that they only produce 50 specialists each year? Somehow that statement doesn’t sound right… since return and produce aren’t quite the same, are they?

Prof Lokman said the only reason why Malaysians wanted to remain in Britain was because they could earn more money there and therefore people should not blame the Government or the system.

Really? There is nothing wrong with the system is Malaysians are willing to compromise their future (opportunities for training and promotion) and willing to leave home (and good ol’ M’sian food) for the sake of better money? There is nothing wrong with the system when Malaysians are willing to be sidelined and bullied (I use this term loosely) in a foreign land rather than to return… because of better money? Ok. So Malaysians are pretty cheap eh?

If the only factor is equal opportunities, maybe many Malaysians don’t mind (or just mind a little less) the sidelining they get abroad… maybe many Malaysians feel that they’ll be sidelined in their own country as well. Being sidelined in a foreign country is bad, but being treated as a second class citizen in your home country is a hundred times worse.

And like I said in my uni forum, not only do I want to live in a country which values me on my own merits, I also want to raise my children in one where they are judged based on their capabilities and not their skin colour.

Maybe I am a little too naive for my own good. Maybe I’ll see things differently in a few years time. Maybe by virtue of being who I am, it has been determined since birth that I’ll be given 2nd class treatment wherever I am. Maybe I’ll mind the sidelining in UK as much as I’ll mind it here. Maybe I’ll look back at this post and laugh at myself in a few years’ time. Maybe money will be more important to me than anything else in this world. Maybe I will not return home to work. Maybe I will. Maybe the “home” factor and the nasi lemak in my dreams will pull me back. Too many “maybe”s, I don’t really know. But right now, this is how I see the issue.

I really should blog about whether I plan to return home, shouldn’t I? :P I think despite what I say in my recent posts, some friends may know already. I think I have told some people before, or have I? Well, that’s another KIV blog topic then.



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  1. UK Doc said,

    on May 2nd, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    Hey, I blogged about this yesterday. I even wrote to the Star to tell them that it should not be put as news, but as a personal opinion by Lokman. Sad and worrying, the dean of leading medical faculty talked like layman who does not understand statistics.

  2. Yee Pei said,

    on May 3rd, 2006 at 4:39 pm

    Yes, it’s both sad and worrying… and I hope it isn’t a reflection of the said medical faculty or the country’s medical education standards. Otherwise, here’s another obvious reason to add to list why grads don’t come back.

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