The brain drain phenomenom in Malaysia must be looked at from a different angle as the government can still benefit by utilising their expertise, says Deputy Prime Minister Fadillah Yusof.
Fadillah, who is also the agriculture and commodities minister, said among the factors involved in brain drain was in the field of research, adding that the facilities and support services in places like the Silicon Valley in the US could enhance their expertise and potential.
"In Malaysia, many have moved to other countries, especially those in the field of science and technology, due to the lack of ‘the whole value chain’ that can provide a conducive environment for them.
"Brain drain needs to be looked at from a different angle, that is how we, the citizens who are abroad, can contribute to our country.
"To me, if there is a declaration for the purpose, it will be good," he said after a dinner with the Malaysian diaspora in Indonesia last night in conjunction with a three-day working visit to Indonesia.
Apart from establishing a close relationship between Malaysia and the country they live in, Fadillah said the benefits from the results of their research can be used by Malaysia.