Malaysia can achieve developed status in its own mould Rafidah Aziz
0 month ago, 28-Nov-2019
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz Bernama file photo
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can achieve developed status in its own mould by continuing to upgrade its education system and giving the right tools to the young people in improving their IT skills, said a member of the Economic Action Council Tan Sri Rafidah Abdul Aziz.
Rafidahwho is also the former International Trade and Industry Minister said, the country needs to move away from the narrow perception thata developed status could only be attainedby achievinghigher Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
We have an education systemand we must continue to upgrade and do not neglect that and our young people must be given the tools for improving their IT skills, for improving their ability to interface with the new development around us.
This is not only for the domestic level but regional and global level. If we continue to do that, then we would be achieving the developed status in our own mould. Not the gross domestic product, she toldtomediaat the International Franchise and Entrepreneurship Conference 2019, here today.
At present, the country according to herhas pools of young people who are really immersed in ITbut more work need to be done.
Malaysia she said, has failed to achieve Vision 2020 to become a developed nation next year and attaining GDP growth of seven per cent annually.
Besides GDP growth, Vision 2020 stressed Rafidahalso enunciated other qualifications for Malaysia to become a developed nation including to be in its own mould, multiracial with diverse understanding among its citizens.
And of course the people, the discipline and technology savvy and so on. So most importantly is for us to see which parts of this path that we have taken towards Vision 2020 that have actually beenmaterialised.
But my fear is if we do not change our attitude continuously and if we do not understand what diversity stand for in Malaysia, we end up with a third world mentality, always bickering with each other, fighting over asmall thingand carryingthe old excess baggage until the year 2030, she explained.
She called on all Malaysians to refrain from quarrelling aboutpetty issues and things that are irrelevant.
Rafidah also advisedthe younger generation in this country to always hold dearto values such as a high level of integrity, performance in excellence and a sense of belonging to the country.
If we can see this among the youngsters, then people like me can die with our eyes closed because the legacy of having Malaysia as a united country will be there, she said.
Sharing an example, shesaid Malaysia was tested once during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, butthe country managed to rebound and growing again due to unity among Malaysians as well as excellent cooperation between the public and private sectors.
The government was able to implement (policies) with the rakyat support, unconventional policies, for example, to have the pegging of the ringgit. Noone hasever heard of that (pegging) but Malaysia pegged it because we want to stabilise and we have all the various arrangement, recapitalise our financial structure with the banks, rationalise the non-performing loans and inject more capital to enable people to service loans.
And we were the first country to go back on track (of growth). Now, if we allow influences that are negative, (negative) excess baggage to be injected into policymaking, into policy discourse, naturally the government together with the private sector will not be able to implement somethinggood for the country.
And if the demand is based on racial, some exclusivity, religion and all that, when are we going to talk about Malaysian needs? If the needs of Malaysians are not catered for, what is there to share? It becomes shared misery instead of shared prosperity, added Rafidah. – Bernama
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