(The Star) KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will need a generation of people with strong character, to become a truly developed country, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
“The formation of a race with character and soul is an important prerequisite in navigating the country towards this ambition,” he said.
In his speech at the Nurul Yaqeen Foundation’s dinner here yesterday, he said doubts on the ability of the young generation to tackle future challenges were not unfounded.
“We find that the participation of the young generation in social issues is becoming more and more critical. That’s why we have to build a young generation that holds strongly to sacred values,” he said.
He also said that without religious platforms, Malaysians could end up like secular western societies that viewed matters only through a relative, pragmatic and rationalistic angle.
He added that the country’s most important asset was its human resources, with the country’s future development depending on the skills, knowledge, quality and productivity of its citizens.
“We have to increase the thinking culture in our society and discard the apathetic and lazy syndrome, for if we are lethargic in thought and weak in mind, we will end up as a soulless society,” he said.