Tun Dr. Mahathir remind youth of the right values

In Taiping this morning, former Prime Minister and UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad reminded the participants of UMNO Youth’s International Affairs and NGO Bureau special convention on “Internationalization of the Malays” that the strengths and most important ingredient of any successful civilizations are the values it upheld.

The convention was held in Taiping Golf Resort. Yesterday, UMNO Youth Head Dato’ Hishamuddin Hussein officiated this convention organized by the UMNO Youth bureau which is headed by Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir.

Tun Dr. Mahathir reminded the participants that is important that the UMNO Youth have resilience and perseverance, to carry on the struggle. That will ensure the development of civilization is carried into the next generation. Of course, they will have to carry with them the right, positive and progressive values. According to him, the right values like ability to gain knowledge, integrity, perseverance and resilience are the secret between a successful and failed civilization.

He insisted the youth have the right attitude for the quest of knowledge. He re-capped how the Arabs once were enlightened with the quest of knowledge after they embraced Islam and that brought their civilization very far. A thousand years ago, the Muslims in West Asia and North Africa were the most developed civilization. They developed science, mathematics, astronomy, medicine and trade, something they learn from the earlier civilizations like the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Egyptians, Persians, Byzantium and Asia Minors and they developed the accumulated knowledge further.

Five hundred years later, the Europeans who had been in the dark ages whilst the Muslims were far developed, decided to get out of their medieval mindset and started to pick up where the Muslims left. That started the European Renaissance and with the knowledge developed and discovered by the Muslims, they applied for their own agenda. Today, they are the most developed race on the planet.

Tun Dr. Mahathir explained that when he was the Prime Minister, he introduced the “Look East” policy because he felt Malaysia could learn from the Japanese, especially on their work ethics, work values, perseverance, resilience as a race and determination to succeed. WWII destroyed the pride and almost entire resources of Japan but they managed to climb out of their predicament and in a few decade, became an economic super power.

Tun Dr. Mahathir also said the Japanese people had the culture of upholding to responsibility and accountability. The ‘face’ (pride) is the most important value to them and they are willing to commit ‘suicide’ (hara-kiri) when they are unable to uphold the expectations laden on them.

He also said that when he was in Government, he supported feat like Dato’ Azhar Mansur’s quest to sail alone and the Everest climb because this will generate pride and good example for the younger generations’ quest to achieve beyond the expectations.

In short, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad wants the participants to master their mettle and push to the limit. It was a good day to remind the youth.

*This report was brought by A Voice of Another Brick in the Wall, www.anotherbrickinwall.blogspot.com, who attended this morning’s event at Taiping Golf Resort

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 14:21  Leave a Comment  

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