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KUALA LUMPUR, July 8. 2015:

The brain drain issue is likely to continue to be debated as many of the country’s young generation desires to work abroad, according to a survey, ‘Youth Perspective’.

The survey, conducted by Perspective Strategies Sdn Bhd, involved over 2,021 undergraduates and Form 6 students nationwide.

It showed that 70.4% respondents wanted to work in another country.

About 45.2% cited political and social reasons for their decisions; specialised fields for careers, particularly for science and engineering only available overseas (43.6%); and, perceived poorer local career prospects (42.1%).

Perspective Strategies managing director Andy See Teong Leng said while the young people’s desire to relocate to another country may be strong, the focus group discussions also revealed that in the longer term, young Malaysians intended to return to Malaysia.

“After all, the heart belongs to where their home really is,” he said at the release of the survey results here today.

See said companies should provide interactive and innovative working environment in order to attract as well as to retain the local talent.

The stakeholder engagement consultancy undertook the research project in partnership with AIA Bhd, Nippon Paint Malaysia Group, Centre for Strategic Engagement and AIESEC in Malaysia.

The survey, carried out between January and March this year, focused on three areas – young Malaysian’s media consumption habits, purchasing behaviour and their assessment of their talent and career opportunities.

Salary and benefits topped the factors that influence Malaysian look for a job, followed by career advancement and opportunities and flexible working hours.

The survey also showed that 75.6% young Malaysians are uninsured and there is a need to equip them with better financial literacy.

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