Reverse brain drain in Sarawak due to economic growth – Prime Minister

Kuching: The problem of brain drain may be a thing of the past in Sarawak as more and more Sarawakians return to their hometowns to contribute to Sarawak’s development.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said there was a positive trend for Sarawak’s professionals to return to work in the state due to economic growth.

“Many Sarawak experts have returned. Doctors who worked in Singapore will return to Sarawak and be part of the team to establish a 300-bed hospital focused on cancer and neuroscience treatments. .

“Apart from that, Sarawak Metro has brought back engineers who were previously involved in Light Rail Transit (LRT). Meanwhile, semiconductor experts who were staying in Taiwan have also returned to Taiwan.

“This means there will be no brain drain. They (Sarawakians) will come back, but why? Because our economy is growing so much and it benefits everyone. Because it brings,” he said.

He said this at the Sarawak Bumiputera Chamber of Entrepreneurs’ (DUBS) Aidilfitri rally held at Raia Hotel and Convention Center in Kuching last night (May 4).

Earlier, Abang Johari, who is also the Minister of Finance and Economy, said that under his leadership for just seven years, with political unity and strength and strong cohesion among communities, Sarawak has witnessed a significant leap forward in economic development. He said he did.

“In the four years since the COVID-19 pandemic, my government comrades and I have succeeded in increasing Sarawak’s revenue.

“Previously, the state’s revenue was RM6 billion. By 2022, it increased to RM11 billion and reached a record high of RM13.3 billion in 2023,” he said, but these figures He added that the number will continue to increase in the future.

He said that based on calculations within the first three months of this year, the state’s revenue could exceed last year’s figures.

“Therefore, once we receive such revenue, we will reinvest it in strategic projects that will boost our gross domestic product (GDP) and provide opportunities for new business activities,” Abang Johari said.

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