Achieving Vision 2020 through religious values

  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 27 Jan 2004

This week article is by NOR AZARUDDIN HUSNI Hj NURUDDIN, Senior Fellow/Director, Consultation and Training Centre 

BY THE year 2020, we hope Malaysia will be a fully developed nation with a confident Malaysian society, infused with strong moral and ethical values and that all Malaysians will be living in a society that is democratic, liberal, tolerant, caring, economically just and equitable, progressive, prosperous and in full possession of an economy that is competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient. 

We have only 16 years to reach 2020. 

Therefore, we need to strike a balance between physical and moral development. 

We should think about the issue of why an engineer, as a professional, is being charged with the murder of a 22-year-old sales executive, as well as other issues such as illegal toxic waste dumping, the rise in the number of road accidents and all other serious crimes.  

The Anti-Corruption Agency has to work harder to check corruption, which is caused by human behaviour or attitude. 

The good values that underline attitudes need to be based on religion. 

The public forum on promoting road safety and preventing accidents held at the Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel on Dec 23 brought together lawmakers, law enforcers, road users and non-governmental organisations to discuss ways to tackle the increase in the number of road accidents.  

From the police point of view, to overcome these problems requires the issuing of traffic summonses to offenders.  

The Inspector-General of Police allows all policemen to issue traffic tickets to offenders. 

The entire police force comprising some 82,000 personnel, including those off-duty, can now issue traffic summonses.  

Driving in a village is different from driving in a city.  

Based on my experience, I feel that driving in Auckland is totally different from driving in Kuala Lumpur.  

The difference is in the manner of driving or the road ethics of the people.  

Another example is Vietnam, where the faculty of law is smaller.  


This is because lawyers are low in demand in Vietnam due to fewer cases.  

The important point is how people behave and their attitude. 

We always think about hardware as a mechanism to overcome problems but we forget about the complementary software.  

For instance, in a computer, both hardware and software are very important to ensure the computer can operate.  

We always look for user-friendly software. 

Besides the law, we also have to improve the quality of individuals because a community is built of individuals.  

The important thing here is: How can we educate people to do well in their daily jobs?  

All the current issues mentioned earlier are a result of people’s attitudes.  


As part of human resources management, training and development play a greater role in individual competency.  

The value system adopted is based on holistic and multi-dimensional criteria. 

There is a very great possibility that a well-rounded person with the right attitude and character could be developed.  

This kind of personality could contribute positively towards high-quality people. 


Training, from the Islamic perspective, is a very important process for Muslims.  

It develops and transforms a person’s capability and other aspects of life and upgrades his skills so that he can perform better. 

For Muslims, good deeds are done just for Allah.  

Training is needed sometimes to produce results.  

For example, people train tigers, dolphins, elephants to behave the way they want them to. 

Can it be done with Malaysians? 

Malaysia will be a developed country by the year 2020.  


To evaluate a developed country by physical status would be very simple but to evaluate whether the people's morals are high would be very difficult. 

No matter how great our infrastructure is, our people must have self-esteem.  

Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves.  

It is based on our attitude.  

Our values as a people determine our achievements, how we think others see us, our purpose in life, our place in the world, our potential for success, our strengths and weaknesses, our social status, how we relate to others and our ability to stand on our own feet. 

Human beings can best be motivated through values ingrained in their religion.  

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