KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak outlined five major aspects of the roles played by undergraduates as partners in the country’s development, including becoming the creators of transformation instead of spreading controversies.
The Prime Minister also said that undergraduates must become problem solvers instead of causing disasters besides becoming lovers of knowledge instead of becoming dream merchants.
“(Undergraduates must also become) future leaders and not a tool for other people, (and become) defenders of the nation instead of traitors,” he said in his speech at the closing of the Prime Minister’s Trophy Debate between the institutions of higher learning 2011, here Tuesday.
The text of his speech was read by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamudin Tun Hussin who represented him at the debate.
Najib also said: “The government wants the young generation of today to become the prime mover of the country’s transformation programme, and not to become merely vendors of empty stories just to gain sympathy in continuing the personal agendas of certain groups.”
“We all know the voice and ideas of the young generation today, particularly the undergraduates, must be taken as the best capital which will drive the country’s development programmes,” he said.
As such, Najib said the undergraduates must have a deeper understanding of all the government’s development programmes and plans so that they could give views and opinions that could bring further prosperity to the country.
“At the very least, they can act as an effective reciprocal instrument for all the government policies and plans,” he said.
The Prime Minister said as such, through the launch of the National Innovation Year 2011, the government opened up opportunities for the young generation in the country to come up with their creativity and fresh ideas for optimum benefits for the sake of the country’s prosperity.
He said the government did not hesitate to allocate a starting capital of RM200 million to mobilise MyCreatif Venture Capital introduced to provide a platform and effective guidance in strengthening the process of innovation of the younger group.
At the debate, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) won in the Bahasa Malaysia category to walk away with the RM25,000 cash prize and challenge trophy.
Source : Bernama