KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia must focus on investing in young talents especially among schoolchildren in order to achieve the developed and high-income nation status.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the country’s future was with the younger generation who are its future leaders.
“History has shown that a successful race is one which is constantly pioneering and creating new knowledge.
“This knowledge will lead to new findings which can help the country improve the people’s quality of life in the future,” she said at a ceremony to present the Mutiara 2016 Scholarships from the Penang Malays Welfare Association in Federal Territory and Selangor, here Tuesday.
A total of 250 students received financial assistance of RM400 each from the association.
Rohani also reminded students to always improve their knowledge by making reading a way of life.
She said the reading habit should not be just to pass exams but should be continued in order to develop the mind and achieve aspirations.
Meanwhile, a recipient of the scholarship, Muhd Aniq Aqasha Mohd Bistamam, 10, said losing his right leg due to bone cancer did not diminish his aspiration of becoming a noted surgeon.
He saw his illness as a source of inspiration in his desire to be able to treat cancer patients one day.
“I have never felt less because of my condition, in fact it has made me more determined to study and achieve my dreams,” he told reporters after the ceremony.
A Year-Four student of the Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Tasik, Bandar Sri Permaisuri who had been suffering from cancer for the last two years, Muhd Aniq Aqasha now walked with the help of a walking stick. – BERNAMA