The Tempinis diaries

December 3, 2007

Dr Tan Hock Lim appointed at UKM

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , , — toru @ 3:21 pm

In my previous post on the brain drain from Malaysia, I mentioned Dr. Tan Hock Lim.  There have been a couple of visits to this blog searching for his name.  Intrigued, I did a google search.  I was delighted to find out that Dr. Tan Hock Lim was appointed a professor at UKM by UKM Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharifah Hapsah.  This is certainly good news and a big catch for UKM.  However, there is currently a furor about the fact that Dr. Tan Hock Lim is allegedly paid RM 168,000 a month.  That seems pretty high to me even for Singapore standards.   But I can’t really comment on this issue with any authority because I don’t know what the market rate is for superstar doctors and what kind of superstar Dr. Tan Hock Lim is.   I am sure Singapore pays Edison Liu much more.  If this indeed the market rate for such distinguished doctors, then my take on the salary issue is that you would have to pay such salaries to employ these people. 

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2 Comments »

  1. […] Tan’s services (an alleged RM 8 million over a period of 4 years).  As I said in my last post, I don’t really know what are the salaries for superstar doctors and what kind of superstar […]

    Pingback by Harakah’s Unsubstantiated Allegations Against the UKM Vice Chancellor « The Tempinis diaries — December 6, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

  2. […] should learn after the entire Jeffrey Sachs debacle.  Hopefully, UKM will have a plan in place for Dr. Tan Hock Lim to work closely with the local faculty members and to improve their […]

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