Eyeing a bigger future: Should I Stay or should I Go (Back)?

A key part of Malaysia’s Vision 2020 is to encourage skilled expatriates to return home. In the second part of our Malaysian HR Country report, HRM Asia speaks to two Malaysian professionals with different views.

Yap Shi Li

Founder, Merry Bees Live Music, and founder, ShiLi & Adi

Yap Shi Li left Malaysia as a 15-year-old in 2000, having received a scholarship from the Singapore Ministry of Education. She has since stayed on and built a career as an entrepreneur in the neighbouring island city.

Returning to Malaysia is not on her agenda. “After seeing this list of incentives, I still would not go back to Malaysia, because I have studied, worked, and lived in Singapore for 17 years,” she tells HRM Asia.

“My network and career are well-established here. If I went back, I would have to start from scratch.”


Nelson Gerard Lawrence Danam

Consulting Manager, Deloitte Consulting Malaysia