Report here: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/7/11/nation/18268076&sec=nation
According to the report, some 106,000 Malaysians had given up their citizenship between 1996 and April this year - 70% or 79,100 were Malays, 23% or 25,107 Chinese & and 350 of other races. If you recall, 52% of Malaysians are Malays, 30% are Chinese, 18% others (mostly indians). Malaysia's total population is 27 million.
It is strange with the pro-Bumi policy there is a disproportionate number of Malays who have given up their citizenship. The Chinese whom we expect to leave in large numbers to come to, say Singapore, are actually more likely to stay put than Malays!
The other thing I can't understand is the top five destinations of ex-Malaysians were the United States, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia. Singapore actually comes after USA, Australia & Taiwan. I wonder why Malaysians want to go to the US, Australia & Taiwan when they can come to Singapore. It is nearer and we have a far better system of govt than all those countries. Why would they want to stay in countries where the leaders are worth only a fraction of Singapore's leaders ......and there is disorder because they allow protests in the streets.