Malaysia: Govt emphasises quality education to produce future leaders, says Zahid

Malaysia/February 13, 2018/Source:

The government always emphasises quality education in the country’s education agenda to produce human capital with calibre in all aspects, said Deputy Prime Minister  Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the government set aside huge allocation in its budget every year, whether for early education or higher education, to produce successful students to become future leaders of the country.

“Why do the government have to invest so much? It means the government has focus, in terms of human capital, the government wants to see Malaysia becomes a developed nation.

“God willing, by TN50, the government’s aim of 60 per cent of the work force to have diploma or first degree will be realised,” he said at a session with new students of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) here today.

Also present were Ahmad Zahid’s wife, Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, UTHM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Wahid Razzaly and Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said most of the leaders in the country were produced from the success of the well-formulated national education system.

He said there were quarters pointing fingers at the government saying that the country’s education system was wrong, when they should instead be looking at their own mistakes.

“Leaders should be moulded and not born. We are not born as leaders, but moulded into leaders because of the country’s good education,” he said.

He said the present students of higher institutions were fortunate because the government gave priority to physical and spiritual development to ensure success of the millennial group, hence enabling them to fill the employment market in the future.

Ahmad Zahid advised the UTHM students to fully utilise their opportunity to study at the university.

“The opportunity only comes once in a lifetime to balance the worldly and the hereafter to become a well-balanced citizen and an asset to the country, and not a liability,” he said.

The deputy prime minister also announced a RM2 million allocation for the development of UTHM campus at Tanjong Laboh here. — Bernama


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