PEKAN, Jan 24 (Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today advised Muslims to acquire knowledge and education if they do not want to remain backward.
He said one’s level and quality of education was closely associated with one’s standard of living.
The most effective tool to free Muslims from backwardness was mastery of knowledge and a high level of education,” he said when presenting school uniforms and bags to 2,000 schoolchildren in his Pekan parliamentary constituency, here. Also present was the chairman of Amanah Raya Berhad, Datuk Dusuki Ahmad.
Najib said the failure of the administrators in some Islamic nations to develop an education system had resulted in little change to the way of life of the people.
“Due to their failure in acquiring knowledge and education, 1.4 billion Muslims in the world have lost out to a mere 14 million Jews,” he said.
He said that in Malaysia, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government had established an education system which enabled everyone to improve their standard of living.
Children of farmers, fishermen and the poor have made it in life as ministers, corporate leaders, professors and doctors, he said.
He said the government would continue to upgrade the education system to help the people improve their standard of living.
Source : Bernama