MALACCA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron cuts short his official business trip to Pekan Baru, Indonesia to witness the launching of the nation’s first St.Francis Institution’s Gavel Club, here.
Idris had initially delegated Senator Zali Mat Yasin to represent him for the event but decided to depart Pekan Baru earlier via a chartered flight, shelving several appointments in Indonesia and made arrangement to be at the Equatorial Hotel for the launching of the club, an affiliate of Toastmaster International.
The Chief Minister had left for Indonesia on Friday with an entourage from state government comprising key state government officials and was only scheduled to return here, late Sunday evening.
“I felt that my presence will aspire these students to excel in mastering English Language and decided to cut short my official trip to Pekan Baru, just to be with all of you here.
“As education excellence is close to my heart, I don’t mind sparing my busy schedule to launch the first official club to be chartered in Malaysia,” he told some 150 people who attended the event.
Idris said mastering the proficiency in various languages, apart from an individual’s mother tongue represents a huge advantage that could distinguish one from the rest.
He urged young Malaccans to embark on globe-trekking adventure in search of the world’s virtuosos of language learning, especially those who have authored books in English grammars and vocabularies.
“It’s undeniable that apart from mastering Bahasa Melayu as the National language, students should pursue to enhance in English proficiency as the language is the official language in many major countries around the world while imperative communication tool in the globalisation era,” he said.
Idris also made the event lively when he took time, sharing his experience during his schooling days with the students who attended the event.