Foreign doctors and specialists are not interested to work in Malaysia, with many of them putting the country as the last country of choice to work in.
Developed countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Middle East come on top of their listing, driven mainly by attracting salary and remuneration package.
The bad news came as the country is struggling with shortage of doctors. In April, the Ministry of Health revealed that Malaysia is short of 9,000 doctors and specialists, especially in 3 fields, namely pharmacy, dentistry and surgery. The figure represents about 40% vacancies in the government hospitals, clinics and private health centers.
And what is more appalling is that, it is even difficult to attract doctors from the neighbouring country Indonesia. The Indonesia government pays high salary for the medical profession. A government doctor working in Indonesia can earn between 40 to 50 million rupiah (RM15,000) monthly and the same position in Malaysia pays only about RM6,000, which is less than half he or she is getting in Indonesia.
Apart from failing to attract foreign doctors to work here, another prevalent problem faced by the country is the reluctance of the Malaysia students who graduated as doctors from overseas to come back serving the country and instead choosing to work in the country they graduated or other overseas nations. High salary and work comfort become the two major causes for Malaysian doctors deciding not to come back.
The new salary scheme offered to fresh medical graduates has apparently not been successful to lure many of them to work in Malaysia.