AWARE that Malaysia has a deficit of young leaders, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad jump started the Malaysia Future Leaders School (MFLS) programme.
Aimed at instilling leadership qualities and good values among the youths in order to strengthen and harness their potential to be great leaders in the future, the Prime Minister says it was created according to the principle of the Japan Future Leaders School but adapted to the Malaysian landscape.
“What determines success is the adoption of good values by someone or a race until it becomes a way of life for a race.
“Our hope is that by instilling good values while they are still young, they will practise it and make it their way of life,” he says when launching the MFLS at Universiti Malaya (UM) in May.
The values, he adds, of the Japanese people would be inculcated through MFLS to mould future leaders with strong personalities in the aspects of integrity, inclusiveness, excellence, volunteerism, responsibility, competitiveness and community spirit.
“For example, workers in Japan are very meticulous in carrying out their duties for the sake of producing high quality products or services. This ‘meticulous’ culture has become part of their daily life and is not only reflected in their work,” he says.
“The recipe for success for the Japanese and South Koreans is based on discipline, loyalty to the country, priority for society, emphasis on quality, and the regular practice of positive values in their daily life.”
Dr Mahathir says the shaping of mindsets and inculcation of values among the youths today were very different from that for the previous generation because then the sources of the values were traditional and conventional, like parents, teachers, religious education and civics lessons.
“Today, the sources of values are diverse. Apart from the traditional sources I mentioned, the rapid development in information technology has opened up various avenues and penetrated the minds of all strata of society, especially the young generation.
“Some among the younger generation prefer to refer to the Internet and social media without the need to do some research first,” he says, adding that young people can be overly captivated by online games which can influence them and shape their personalities.
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