Daim: Get graduates to think

Well done: Daim receiving his scroll from Sultan Nazrin.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia must focus on producing graduates who can think logically and be able to solve problems, says former finance minister Tun Dr Daim Zainuddin, 81.

The mismatch between the kinds of graduates we are producing and what the market wants must be addressed, he said, adding that the continuous pursuit of knowledge was crucial in achieving success, but knowledge should not be used to do bad things.

As long as you are alive, read, seek knowledge and use it for good, he told a press conference after receiving his doctorate degree scroll during the Universiti Malaya (UM) convocation ceremony here yesterday.

Daim, from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, now holds a doctorate of philosophy after 11 years of study.

“When I started in 2008, I could walk. Now I have to use a cane. There were many challenges. When you are old, many illnesses come.

“I also had other responsibilities so I did my research off and on – when I had the time, ” he said.

His thesis is titled “The Implementation of The New Economic Policy: Success and Failure, 1970 – 2008”.

The most important thing is to learn so we do not repeat those failures and where there are successes, we must take advantage of them, he said.

Success, he said, was about achievements, not making demands.

“In Malaysia, it’s not only the bumiputras who are less fortunate. There are non-Malays who are poor too. Poverty does not depend on race. Those who need help, we give them help.”

Daim’s scroll was presented by Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, who is also UM Chancellor.

The 59th convocation ceremony, which started yesterday, saw 6,562 students graduating from the country’s top varsity.

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