Dr M: Act now to kill graft culture
I was one of the participants yesterday at Perdana Leadership Foundation's discourse on Social Reengineering. Just want to share a few key points that I can recall made by the prominent speakers. I have checked and noticed that the following didn't get reported in the mainstream media today. As I didn't have a recorder, I can't quote them here but I believe their key points have been properly passed on below:
1) Tun Dr Mahathir on meritocracy entry at local universities - thinks that the implementors have found a way around the meritocracy system as the result wasn't what he expected it to be
2) Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam on Proton - we shouldn't be "subsidising" Proton for too long, as at then end of the day it is us paying the price
3) Tun Dr M on KLCC, Putrajaya and KLIA - these are just symbols to unite the people of all races and beliefs. we need something that all Malaysians can be proud of.
4) Tun Dr M on corruption - yes, he thinks it is rising and just below the "table surface" right now (re under-table and over-table analogy). Efforts must be done to control this
5) Tun Dr M on acquiring knowledge among Muslims - the Quran said "Read" and that means reading widely to acquire knowledge. Not just to solely study the Quran and dismiss all other knowledge
OK, I am no reporter but I don't think I have taken them out of context. I came away greatly impressed with Tun Dr M and Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam. And man, at 77 years old, Tan Sri Datuk Arshad Ayub is still so fit and clear thinking!
The Q&A was good too but I guess the award for the "Most Stupid Question" has to definitely go to a lecturer from UiTM. She was asking why the Malays can be tolerant of non-Malays speaking in broken BM but the Chinese cannot tolerate Malays speaking in broken Mandarin. Yup, most stupid question. The whole auditorium can see Tun Dr M looking down and smiling at this trivial question thrown to him. Replied he did but later during the panel session Datuk David Chua gave a long reply to that question. Yup, most stupid question. This lecturer definitely wasted our precious Q&A time with Tun Dr M with her trivial question. Maybe she followed our parliment sessions too closely and got the habit of throwing up ridiculous questions in austere halls and presence. hahahahahaha!
I stayed until the end for the group discussions and plenary session. I think the facilitator had a tough time reigning us youths during the group discussion. Tired, I am. The next discourse will be on Education. A hot topic, yes that will be.
Belacan says... "if you don't have a good question, don't waste our precious time."