Kudos to Dr G Walter for telling it like it is. As for the likes of Leaves of Economic Grass, Can't Keep The Faith Now, Ryan Davidson etc. - their histrionics and prejudiced views are no surprise, really.
All their breast beating and emoting have merely revealed them to be the closet anti-Malaysia types that seem to proliferate among the so-called 'best and brightest' (at least, that's what they think of themselves).
It is telling really, as I had written previously, that every single one of these migrants have moved to the richer 'white' countries (and maybe richer, but 'not-so-white' Singapore) and are claiming to lead comfortable and fulfilling lifestyles there, with no imposed glass ceilings and where their children can progress on merit alone.
I wish they had talked, as I have, to professionals who have had permanent residence given to them in countries like Australia and the US, but who chucked it in and returned to Malaysia where they are living happy and contented professional and personal lives.
Or to those unfortunate professionals who have migrated to supposedly 'desirable' countries, but who have had to quietly come back to Malaysia to work in order to support their families who are still overseas (where they are not subject to the wicked scheming of those nefarious NEP-loving types).
Western countries are seeking economically active migrants for any number of reasons - mostly selfish ones. The major reason is to augment a rapidly aging population and to maintain the same standard of living at affordable prices.
Another reason is to build up brain-based industries (IT, high-tech, etc) when the local population show little liking to pursue careers in academia and the hard sciences. In that context, it is mischievous to compare the Multimedia Super Corridor to Silicon Valley - like it is mischievous to compare Silicon Valley against the high-tech enclaves in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.
Silicon Valley had a unique set of circumstances that brought it into being and shaped it. It is generally acknowledged that it is almost impossible to replicate it anywhere else in the world - be it the UK, Australia, India, Singapore, China or wherever.
So, I would concur with Walter - let those who are determined to migrate, go where they think they would be better appreciated. Only don't expect those of us who stayed back to put out the welcome mat for those who failed to make it overseas and are looking to come back to Malaysia.
The lesson in the parable of the prodigal son is worth noting in its emphasis on a benevolent and forgiving father welcoming back a profligate and wastrel son, by slaughtering the fatted calf for him. Anyone want to draw the comparisons here?