Most Southeast Asians working abroad want to come home and here’s why

Source: AsianCorrespondent

Sept 9, 2016 — GOVERNMENTS in Southeast Asia looking for ways to plug the talent leak in their respective countries can rest assured that the so-called skilled labor shortage pandemic in the region is not the result of a permanent refusal of graduates to return home.

Quite the contrary, as this recent Robert Walters whitepaper found, the majority of those earning a living abroad would actually prefer finding employment back in their home countries.

The whitepaper titled, “Return of the Asian talent” that focuses on overseas workers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam said the top three reasons for this are: To care for ageing parents; because workers recognize the demand for local talent with overseas experience and understand they are able to command higher pay; and their affinity with the culture back home.

According to the recruitment consultancy’s findings, there was approximately 4 million Vietnamese working abroad as of September 2015, 1.4 million Malaysians as of 2009, 429,872 Indonesians as of 2014, 212,500 Singaporeans as of June 2015 and 148,240 Thais according to numbers from June 2015.

Of these, an average of 75.6 percent of professionals want to return home. The breakdown in the survey says this is true for 85 percent Indonesians, 82 percent Singaporeans, 81 percent Thais, 70 percent Vietnamese and 60 percent Malaysians. Read more

DBKL executive director faces 18 corruption charges

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 — Kuala Lumpur City Council’s (DBKL) project management executive director was slapped today with 18 corruption charges including accepting bribes and assets estimated at RM4.4 million.

Datuk Seri Syed Afendy Syed Abid Ali, 54, was charged at the KL Special Court for Corruption earlier today.

He was charged with one count under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission Act (ASPRM) 2009, eight more under Section 165 of the Penal Code and nine others under Section 4(1) of the Money Laundering and Anti Terrorism Financing Act (AMLAFTA) 2001.

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