It's the same if you borrowed money for your studies. You'd have to repay your lenders, right?
I know there are many graduates out there who have not paid their dues. Government scholars who did not fulfill the end of their deal.
So now the government has increased the penalty for breaking the agreement. In this case, medical students/graduates who do not return home.
They will now be "fined" RM1 million. It used to be RM160,000.
Here's from the NST:
Public Service director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam said that the penalty had to be upped due to lost opportunities on the part of the government.
"Besides, the actual cost borne by the government for every medical student abroad, especially in Britain, is almost RM1 million."
With the growing population, the country needed every doctor it could have, he said.
"We have foreign doctors on contract but this is not enough. For instance, the ratio of doctors to population in the Klang Valley alone is 1:500, and this is not good at all."
"But, with the penalty being increased, there should not be any problem in getting them to return home to serve the country."