Saturday, 22 September 2012


By Lord Haw-Haw

Johor is reversing the trend of Malaysian’s travelling overseas to get a quality education, now that students based in Singapore are making the trip across the causeway to go to school in Johor. 

It’s a well known fact that Singapore is the main beneficiary of Malaysia’s brain drain, accounting for 54% of the total figure, but it seems that the tables have been turned.  Singapore is now taking lessons from Johor!

It should come as no surprise that the Singaporeans are already recognising the potential in Iskandar Malaysia’s Educity.

I mean take a good look at what’s there.  In terms of higher education Educity has branches of The University of Southampton, Newcastle University and the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology.

Three Singapore operators, namely the Management Development Institute of Singapore, Raffles University Iskandar and Raffles American School, have also chosen Johor over Singapore.

On top of that Educity is home to Marlborough College, one of the most renowned and prestigious British Public Schools. 

It was reported that nearly half the students in Marlborough College were from Singapore and that more than 100 children from Singapore travel to Johor daily to go to school. 

The only other place I can think of where that happens is Switzerland, where students from neighbouring France, Italy, Austria and Germany, sleep in one country and spend their school hours in another.  

Wait a minute, did I just compare Switzerland with Johor?


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