How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Talentcorp - Ajak ajak ayam? updated with response from Talentcorp, and my apology

I heard so much about Talentcorp and its task to encourage Malaysians working abroad to come back but never visited their site until just now. In other words, I had been making a lot of assumptions when mentioning about it. As is natural for a parent with a daughter working abroad, I encouraged her to see what is on offer. She said her present work experience is not one of those being sought after. Well, what better way to find out than to visit the website?

What I gathered seems shocking for a national agency supposedly tasked to recruit Malaysians working abroad:

Sorry! Currently no position open. Please visit us later.

You are eligible if you meet the following requirements.

Malaysian citizen
Currently employed and residing overseas continuously for a minimum period of three (3) years prior to application
Internal transfer within the same group of companies is also allowed provided applicant has been based overseas for a minimum of five (5) years. A letter of support from the company stating that the applicant is under no obligation to return to Malaysia is required. The REP Committee's discretion is required if prior overseas assignment is less than the minimum five (5) years.
Does not hold an outstanding scholarship bond/ loan with the Malaysian Government or its agencies. A letter of confirmation stating that you are no longer bonded or have settled your loan is required in support of your application.
Able to contribute to any of the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) in the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
Possess the following academic qualifications and the corresponding cumulative overseas work experience.

*Discretion may be granted for specialised job skills/exceptional work experience needed by companies/industries

How to Apply
Applications can be made by the individual or by companies as part of their compensation package in engaging Malaysians abroad. There is currently no processing fee charged for applying to the REP. You can apply online here. Click to reveal a guide to help you through the application process.

Don't miss out the Comprehensive Guidelines on REP application here as well.

Careers at TalentCorp

Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad ('TalentCorp') has been established under the Prime Minister's Department to initiate and facilitate initiatives that will help the country meet its talent needs, by working closely and building partnerships with leading companies and Government agencies.

Please review the Job Opportunities below. If there are no opportunities deemed available or suitable, please submit your resume as a general application.  Deposit Resume

 #  PositionState/LocationLevel/SpecializationPosting Date
Sorry! Currently no position open. Please visit us later.
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In other words, Talentcorp has taken a passive role rather than proactive one. Instead of taking the initiative, they are depending on interested applicants to 'Deposit Resume' and they work from there.

'Able to contribute to any of the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) in the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP)' seems so vague as to what jobs are available. I still can't get over 'Currently no position open' in Malaysia!



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In response to your article, “Talentcorp – Ajak ajak ayam?” posted on 7 April 2013, we would like to clarify that the page that you were viewing, “Careers at TalentCorp”, is for internal vacancies at TalentCorp itself.

TalentCorp is not a recruitment agency. We were established on 1 January 2011 to formulate and facilitate initiatives to address Malaysia’s talent needs in order for the country to reach its aspiration of a high-income nation. Collaborating closely with relevant Government agencies and leading employers, we develop initiatives focused on three strategic thrusts, specifically (1) Optimise Malaysian talent, (2) Attract and Facilitate Global Talent and (3) Build Networks of Top Talent.

Secondly, the incentives that you referred to are under the Returning Expert Programme (REP). Administered by us, the REP facilitates the return of experienced Malaysian talent, particularly those with expertise in National Key Economic Areas of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). Increasingly it is being used by companies as part of their recruitment tool to attract top Malaysian talent.
We hope the above explanation clarifies any questions you may have had about us. If you have any further questions, please do contact us at

Thank you.

Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad.

My sincere apology to Talent Corp for the mistake.

K S Ong
April 12

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