A BIG believer in education as a great equaliser, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir always encourages young people to empower themselves with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil their potential.
Tuanku Muhriz, who is also Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, is dedicated to ensuring that good education is accessible to all, regardless of social status, race or religion.
Through the Munarah Foundation, which he established to provide aid to the less fortunate, the Ruler ensures that disadvantaged students who display academic potential get the assistance they need to pursue their dreams.
The Ruler also firmly believes that tertiary education is more than just a stepping stone to success.
In 2013, when he was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Glamorgan, United Kingdom, Tuanku Muhriz spoke about how university life had helped shape his character.
“Every good university education provides a training of the mind, the ability to reason and organise, giving one the tools to get started in life. The study of law moulds the mind to be logical.
“I never practised law and thus never applied the specifics of what I was taught.
“But more important than the specifics was that I was made aware of the high standards of legal principles and the very important overriding concepts, such as that of natural justice.
“The benefit of my three-year stay in Wales (where the Ruler pursued higher education) was to develop an understanding of these concepts, which guides one’s behaviour by imbuing a sense of what is proper. These are values which must be upheld. Conducting oneself with integrity is especially important for those who hold high positions of authority and responsibility.
“Misuse of authority leads to poor standards of implementation and unfair practices. It is obvious that if the person at the top of an organisation is not mindful of good governance, the subordinates are unlikely to practise higher standards, but, instead, are tempted to emulate him.
“Persons in a position of leadership must set the right examples and see that those under his authority uphold the same,” he said in an inspiring speech.