Trapped multiple times


This month’s cover is about Malaysia’s brain drain; and what is fascinating is how old – and yet how current – the story reads.

Indeed, we should be talking about a Brain Drain Trap, as we do about the Middle Income Trap. And we should be worrying just as much – Malaysia's GDP per capita has stayed at about 30% of the US’s since 1994. No improvement in 20 years.

“Trap” is not necessarily a good analogy here because it suggests an unchanging status. In reality, traps are gently sloping downwards. There is really never an unchanging status quo.

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