THE scholarships awarded to 50 UEC-holders from Chinese independent schools via 1Malaysia Development Bhd in conjunction with National Day is very encouraging.
It shows that the “1Malaysia, people first, performance now” initiative is not just mere slogan, but something that can be realised.
It also signifies that the Government is serious in developing human capital, taking the best from different communities.
Although the number of students in Chinese independent schools in Malaysia is not that huge, these schools have played an important role in producing political leaders, business entrepreneurs and professionals.
Prime MinisterDatuk Seri Najib Razak knows this very well and he has been very concerned about the development of Chinese independent schools since he served as Education Minister.
We hope this important step will lead to a transformation that will benefit the people and the nation, and eventually strengthen our status as a centre of excellence in education to attract talents from within and outside the country.
Human capital development is an important element in a competitive global environment because it will ensure that Malaysia will continue to develop through innovation and creativity.
GOH HOE HOE,
Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.