Returning to home country after completing studies or working abroad for Malaysian professionals involves much more than just buying the ticket back. Typically it is associated with a great deal of emotion. Sadness, excitement, and trepidation are mixed together. Expectations of a smooth resettlement often lead the way— all, a transferee thinks, "I'm just going back to where I came from, and I know the ropes there."
However, according to Nur Amalina Che Bakri with awareness and creativity it can be easier to readjust once they return to their home country.
"While studying or for those who are working abroad, we must understand that these professionals are exposed to stimulating professional and academic environments, where they are free to share their knowledge, opinions, and ideas with their diverse peers as well as professors. But, of course they are willing to go back to Malaysia", she said.
When asked whether she will return and working in Malaysia in the future, she answered "Yes of course. Malaysia is my country and personally I think it is my responsibility to serve my country. If you ask me, at this point in time my knowledge and training is most needed back home in my own country. It is just a matter of time", She said.
She said this during a press conference at Universiti Kuala Lumpur on Januray 3, 2013.
The government under the Returning Expert Programme hopes to attract experienced Malaysian professionals abroad to return and work in the country.
Experts predict that the brain drain situation in the country will improve with the domestic job market booming and foreign investment increasing due to the economic topsy-turvy in United States and Europe.
Meanwhile, during her short time in the country, Nur Amalina paid a courtesy visit to UniKL Chairman, YB Datuk Dr. Adham Baba on December 21, 2012. She was the Best student who achieved 17A's in the 2005 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination and currently pursuing a research with Harvard University under the supervision of Dr. Laura Riley, a Professor of Harvard Medical School and Medical Director of Massachusetts General Hospital. During her visit, Nur Amalina also delivered a Motivational Talk at UniKL Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL RCMP), Ipoh on December 24, 2012 to inspire the medical students in UniKL RCMP.