KUALA LUMPUR: There are 785,000 Malaysians who work overseas, and an estimated two out of every three are likely to be professionals, said the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).
A government policy was launched in 2000 with the aim of wooing them back, with offers of tax and duties exemptions, targeting doctors, engineers and IT executives. It has seen only 770 applicants approved since then, or an average of 85 each year.
The MEF said that of the Malaysian professionals who work abroad, 44 per cent are in Singapore and 28 per cent in other parts of Asia. The rest work in other parts of the world.
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