I wonder you feel the same as me ; all the sudden I realized friends and relatives around me seems to get less and less.
Those years when the New Year drew near, all sorts of gathering appointments almost completely filled the diaries, but this year seems so quiet.
Even in normal time, phone calls become less and less, face to face meet up also become much less.
Perhaps, everybody is busy with their own things, or perhaps, nowadays people prefer to stay in.
However, it is not entirely like this, thinking further, actually old friends and relatives are not around any more. God bless, they are still alive and well, they just left the country, Malaysia.
They have gone to China to set up factories; Ah Wang quit his engineer job and migrated to Australia to set up his little food store business, Ah Fong left the local University went to Hong Kong as a lecturer. 'Frog' went to Taiwan to pursue his second career life. Others went to America, England, even Indonesia...
At first, I thought these are individual cases, but gradually, people around me realized the same, these are not individual cases but a general symptom of our society. they are not small numbers but they are pretty big ones indeed.
Department of Foreign Affairs released the figures earlier and confirmed the situation is real.
從去年3月到 今年9月，已經有30萬大馬人移民他國；其 中20萬人是今年1月到8月出走的數目。
From March 2008 thru September 2009, a total of 300,000 Malaysian migrated to other countries, among them 200,000 left between Jan - Aug 2009. (in 8 months)
Cumulatively, 2 million Malaysians migrated, this figure is close to the number of Indonesian workers in Malaysia today.
The difference is, those migrated are mostly professional and middle class people.
They have many reasons to leave: pursue career advancement, for the future of their children, in search of better life and environment... In one sentence, they lost hope of Malaysia.
50 years ago people said: Malaysia is very good, better than Hong Kong and even Japan.
30 years ago people said: Malaysia is not bad, comparable to S. Korea and Taiwan. (No mention of Hong Kong and Japan any more).
20 years ago people said: Malaysia can, at least do better than China and Thailand (Cannot compare with Taiwan and Korea)
10 years ago people said: No matter how bad Malaysia is, it cannot be worse than Vietnam and Indonesia. (China is already in a different category).
Today, the economic growth rate of Vietnam and Indonesia already far exceeds that of Malaysia, Social activity and intellectual development of the country are also better, the gap between us and them is closing up.
Why worry? Phillipines, Cambodia and Myanmar are still behind us.
However, according to an economist who recently surveyed Philippines, he think in 20 years' time, Malaysia will replace Philippines to become the World exporter of Malaysian maids.
半個世紀以來，馬來西亞是在大宅院裡，用封建方式，分配祖 宗家業，消耗社會資源，浪費和逼走人才；不談競爭力，忽 略生產力，討厭績效制。
Over half a century, Malaysians live in the big old imperial housing complex, closed up and survive on properties left behind by the ancestor; continued to consume up social resources, wasteful, and drove away talents; they never talk about competitiveness, totally neglected productivity, and hated meritocracy.
When Asia economic storm hit in 1997, Malaysia closed their doors, thinking we beautifully avoided a disaster, they even think of themselves as genius, being able to handle the situation so well.
However, just look at other countries in our neighbourhood ; they stood up, faced the storm, and walked out of the storm. They overhauled their system, improved the processes and marched forward ; they moved up to a new level. And Malaysia, still walking on the spot . . !
馬來西亞，該醒一醒了。Dear Malaysia, it's time to wake up !
We are very very late now !