Past leaders can inspire the young

  • Business
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2003


THE idea that today's young, educated professionals in Malaysia can gain tremendously from the collective experiences of the nation's past leaders is something The Young Professionals Chamber Malaysia (Dewan Profesional Muda Malaysia) or Promuda has seized with both hands. 

“The nation's past leaders are an inspiration to our young professionals for clearly showing how important it is to plan in life, intelligently choosing one's career path in life,” Promuda chairman Don Rahim told StarBiz after the closing ceremony of Promuda's lecture series entitled “Perspectives from the Past, Paradigms for the Future” officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. 

Don said many of today's current crop of professionals and business people had not actually chosen their current careers but “accidentally” fallen into them through circumstances with many having undertaken completely unrelated undergraduate courses at university. 

(From left): TNB chairman Dr Awang Adek Hussin, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Don Rahim fielding questions at the closing ceremony.

Thus, he said, to be able to share the hard-won experiences of the nation's leaders, garnered through the rigours of nation-building was an event that provided the young professionals with aspirations of emulating the successes of these leaders and “provided the dynamics for them to look into themselves, to analyse what they do and how they work.” 

Earlier, Abdullah had addressed the premise of learning from the nation's past and present leaders, as well as its appropriateness, today in the light of the role Promuda intended to play in grooming future generations of well educated Malaysian professionals. 

He said a key issue vital for Malaysia's economic development was education, as it provided the skills and knowledge necessary for the nation to develop and grow as well as help secure national unity through integration. 

Abdullah welcomed Promuda's mentoring programme, expected to be implemented this year, through which the organisation hoped to impart the experience gained by its members to undergraduates in the hope they could then make informed choices on their actual career goals. 

He suggested Promuda take this mentoring role to secondary school students to broaden the scope of the knowledge sharing. 

Don said that among the programmes outlined by Promuda this year were more lectures in the Career Roadshow 2003 programme themed “Managing Career Expectations” of the Embassy Series.  

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