DPM: Change needed to liberate minds of students

KUALA LUMPUR: There should be an intellectual renaissance to open up and liberate the minds of students, and this should start in the universities, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“Our education system must chan­ge. Our children are just not curious enough. They must be curious about the world. They must ask questions,” the Deputy Prime Minis­­ter said.

He cited a question at his daughter’s university that asked if the Cold War had ended, a question which even he would have difficulty answering.

“You can’t find the answer in textbooks. There is no right or wrong,” he said in his opening speech at the Seminar on Creating a Blue Ocean in Education and Training Sectors.

At another function, Najib said the Government had recently approved the Each Child is a Gem of the Nation (Permata) curriculum and program­­me for children aged four and below and there would be a national roll-out next year.

Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, chairman of the Permata committee, said 14 Permata centres had been set up nationwide, catering to 380 children.

In Ipoh last night, Najib, who is the Umno deputy president, urged mem­bers to return to the foundation of their struggle and be sincere if they wanted the party to be strong again.

Opening the second Umno Ve­­terans national annual general meeting, he said members should follow the example of Umno veterans who placed the party’s interest above everything else.

The Star, 14 November 2008.