Good values and character beyond imparting knowledge are needed to be taught by the national education system to students, according to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“I feel some attention should be given in school from kindergarten to university on discussions about good moral values,” said Tun Dr Mahathir during a dialogue with students at a university in Japan today (7th November 2018).
Tun Dr Mahathir is on a three-day work visit to Japan since (5th November 2018) with his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. He said during the dialogue at Toyo University that the best weapon against corruption is to instil into the society that corruption is a crime.
“If a student has good knowledge, but has bad character, the knowledge would not benefit the community,” Tun Dr Mahathir said.
“When they are still young, they should be told that corruption is a crime. That’s the best defence against corruption. You grow up to reject corruption, then the society will be better off,” he added.
Without naming any countries, he had said that he had seen a country where young people as young as six years old were taught to adore the leader and think of him as a god who can do no wrong. The result will be an oppressive regime and government.
“It will make the people suffer and the government will fail,” the prime minister said
Previously he had said that some Malaysian people were untrustworthy, and that he was ashamed they are not ashamed, referring to the large amount of debt that is owed to the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) which amounted to a whopping RM 36 billion by fellow Malaysian citizens. Still supporting his notion of looking east, he had implied that such a thing would not happen in Japan, as they have a strong sense of shame and humility.