BEIJING: In light of the shifting economic landscape in the Asean region, Malaysian youth, particularly those who are studying abroad in China, are urged to return home after acquiring knowledge and expertise to lead and support national development.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul (pic) said the younger generation play a significant role as new leaders who must gather energy, resources, ideology, talent and vision to ensure that Malaysia will be able to lead and keep up with the major countries in the region.
"I’m advising all students, after your studies, don't think of coming back (to Malaysia) and start looking for a job, instead come back (to Malaysia) and create jobs... lead the country, be entrepreneurs, have connections and enhance your potential for the country.
"Be your own master. Learn as much as possible from China, see how they do things, persevere, work hard, be intelligent, get connected,” he said in his public lecture to Malaysian students in Tsinghua University, Beijing, here Monday (Sept 25).
Earlier during his visit to the university, Johari also held a meeting with Tsinghua University’s President Wang Xiqin.
Johari also said Asean countries, particularly Malaysia, need more investments in education and talent development.
He said the universities should offer courses such as sustainable development, technology, and entrepreneurship that correspond with the future requirements of the economy.
"We must all make an effort to develop a culture that values education, supports creativity, and values critical thinking. We must give our children the resources and a chance to develop into strong leaders,” he said.
The Dewan Rakyat Speaker said in the current rapid-changing world, leadership required flexibility, sensitivity, and a keen awareness of the subtleties of culture and society that needs leaders who can motivate people and give them authority rather than merely giving orders.
He said the new style of leadership is in action within the Asean region as the young generation is rising to the occasion, taking the initiative, and changing the world.
"Young people are today's change-makers and tomorrow's leaders. They are leading social change, advancing innovation, and influencing the future of our countries, so young Malaysians do take this opportunities,” he said.
Johari, who is leading a delegation from the Malaysian Parliament, is now on an official four-day visit to Beijing until Sept 28, at the invitation of the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China, Zhao Leji following a bilateral meeting held in Kuala Lumpur on May 18, this year. - Bernama