KUANTAN: The Regent of Pahang is surprised and shocked that there are about 400 Year One pupils in the district who still cannot read.
Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said this was a serious problem and wants parents and related authorities to address the matter fast and efficiently.
“The matter was related to me by Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
“Something must be done to correct this situation,” he said at the opening of a new state public library in Kemunting here.
Also present were his wife Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar, Wan Rosdy and state secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail.
Tengku Abdullah also announced that the library building will be named Perpustakaan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah after his father, the Sultan of Pahang.
He said this was fitting because Sultan Ahmad Shah had contributed much to the success of libraries and was himself a bookworm.
“I still remember my father, who liked to play football in his younger years, would end up reading books after games.
“He has a large collection of books in various fields and he will spend his free time reading,” Tengku Abdullah said.
He said the library should be a place to visit, especially by students, to gain knowledge despite the current development of e-books and Internet technology.
“Knowledge can be gained from anywhere. However, a library with the proper environment can be more attractive for those who are looking for further knowledge,’’ he said.
Tengku Abdullah also said promotion of the Arabic Jawi script should be backed to make it more popular in society.
“Efforts should be undertaken to make it happen. The same should be done for the other languages of the Chinese and Indian communities.
“I hope the government will do something about this and it can be considered as its key performance index in the near future,” he said.