The Dewan Rakyat was today told that 304,358 Malaysians migrated from March 2008 till August this year. Deputy Foreign Minister Senator A. Kohilan Pillay said the figure for 2007 was 139,696 citizens.

“Among the factors for their migration were because of education, brighter career or business prospects as well following their spouses for Malaysians who married foreigners,” he said when replying to a question for Chua Tee Yong (BN-Labis) on the matter.

To a supplementary question from Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS-Kuala Selangor), Kohilan said the Science, Technology and Innovations and Human Resources ministries were making efforts to get Malaysians abroad to come home among others through a “brain gain” programme. –Bernama