The book co-authored by Ahmad Zharuddin Sani Ahmad Sabri, head of Nationhood Unit, Department of General Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia and Puteri UMNO Kedah chief Shahanim Mohammad Yusoff, aims to create a better understanding on social issues so that the people can exercise their responsibilities as citizens better.
The book highlights issues on the economy, environment, health, education, tourism, sports, youth, international relations as well as issues on conflict and peace.
“Through education, we want to create a positive mindset to combat the negative elements.
“We hope to work with Puteri UMNO and use the book to address some issues that people, in particular the youth, are facing,” said Ahmad.
He said the book, in its 6th edition, was being updated every three months to accommodate new facts.
He said that it would be used as reference in universities and other institutions of higher learning.
It will also be sent to all state libraries and can be purchased online at www.humancapital.ws.
Earlier, Kedah executive councillor for education and human capital Datuk Azimi Daim, launched the book and officiated at the opening of Edulogic, a group organising camps for children.
He said people needed to be open-minded to learn the skills needed to develop a positive and healthy mindset.
“Prevention is better than cure. However, it is sad that many people view these soft skills as costly to learn.
“When they are influenced by negative elements, we have to rehabilitate them and the cost of rehabilitation is high,” he said.