Prime Minister tells youths to uphold noble values

Shah Alam (2 August, 2019): Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the most experienced Prime Minister in the world, has called on youth to prepare themselves for the global advancement in technology during the launch of the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium here.

The Prime Minister shared his wisdom with an estimated 1,000 students from 85 countries involving 190 universities globally.’

Besides telling them that leadership was a lifelong task of learning and experience, Dr Mahathir, clad in a bright yellow baju Melayu and kain samping, also emphasised the need for leaders to uphold good values and principles.

“To me, leadership is not rocket science. It is about everyday values. An effective leader must have good qualities instil in him and one that the society at large would respect and emulate.”

“The leader must be willing to work hard and have pride in their work. Apart from that, a leader must also have the hunger for knowledge and be aware of the changes around him,” added the 94-year-old statesman.

The week-long symposium is hosted by the Ministry of Education with the collaboration of Humanitarian Affairs Asia – a United Nations Development programme that focuses on developing leaders to bring change and unconditional service. The strategic partners are the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysian Convention and Exhibition Bureau and Universiti Kuala Lumpur.

The Menteri Besar of Selangor Amirudin Shari, Minister of Education Dr. Maszlee Malik, his deputy Teo Nie Ching and Humanitarian Affairs Asia secretary-general Kim Solomon also graced the opening of USLS.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that USLS has been created and designed for youths who are committed to making the world a much better place for all mankind.

“It is indeed a pleasure to see the young investing time to learn leadership skills and cultivate awareness of current issues, primarily on social development and humanitarian efforts that are being discussed at this symposium

It was crucial for youth to realise that if they were able to retain their ideals and values, there was much hope for the “somewhat derailed world to get back on track and give humanity a chance”.

He also stressed the importance of noble values in development.

“If we possess good values and we inculcate them in our way of life, and in turn, they then become a habit, we can be assured that our society is on the right track,” he said.

The Prime Minister echoed that there has been much emphasis in recent times on the need for youth to prepare themselves to face the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, automation and other technological advancements that were expected to change the way things were done.

“We have also reminded ourselves and the younger generation that if we do not keep abreast (of things), we will be left behind in the global race, resulting in economic backwardness and even poverty,” he said.

Dr Mahathir added that youths must be able to remain competitive and capable of taking on the rest of the world while maintaining values and noble ideas.

He biggest fear, he said, is to imagine what kind of monsters would be produced in the future if negative values and counter cultures were the order of the day.

Besides being intelligent, a good leader need to differentiate between right and wrong as well as good and evil, he

He also reminded the student leaders that gaining knowledge is an infinite process.

“The more you seek, the more you realise that there is so much more to learn. Be humble and generous in seeking and sharing knowledge,” he added.

If there was no humility, said Dr Mahathir, a leader would be driven by ego which could be disruptive as it tended to make one unable to accept criticisms and differing opinions.

“Being humble does not make a leader weak. Instead, it binds him with the people. If a leader loses touch with his people and supporters, he ceases to be a leader,” he said.


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