Defence Against Modern Imperialism

7 11 2011


Tun M: Knowledge, Good Characters Best Defence in Face of Modern Imperialism

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TANJUNG MALIM, 21 SEPTEMBER, 2011: Malaysia is capable of facing a new form of imperialism if its people could master knowledge and possess good character, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said with sufficient knowledge, the country could be better administered by the people according to the local mould without bowing to foreign pressure, which was part of the new imperialism.

“One challenge for us is acquiring knowledge. With enough knowledge, we can determine our country’s development through our own efforts,” he said when delivering a Za’aba premier lecture titled, “Can Malaysia Face The Challenge Of A New Form of Imperialism”, at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), here, today.

Dr Mahathir said western powers were the real imperialists, whereby to them imperialism was to conquer or subjugate and administer other countries until those countries lost power.

“But that is the old form of imperialism. Today, although not directly, imperialism still exists where they (western powers) control other societies in various ways such as politically, economically and socially, and influence people’s thinking.”

For example, Dr Mahathir said, many countries were still subjected to western imperialism by accepting and applying western concepts and ideologies like capitalism, democracy and socialism.

He said the west also tried to contol the world by introducing their lifestyle and values to other societies through various mediums such as television, the print media, magazines and the Internet.

“Their way of thinking has crept into ours without us realising it or not.”

Concerned that western inflience would continue to spread to the extent of destroying local morals and character, Dr Mahathir said building a strong character and personality should be given more emphasis in schools.

A suitable school co-curricular progamme should be drawn up to promote noble values (among students). This aspect is touched on in the religious or moral classes, but the religious classes, for instance, focus more on religious rituals and not on life’s values.

“If we had emphasised on these noble values, today we would not see many undesirable things like corruption and crime happening in this country,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said besides parents, teachers played an important role in inculcating noble values to produce a generation that could face the challenges of modern imperialism.

He also stressed on the importance of increasing knowledge in science as a ticket for success in this era.

“In protecting ourselves from imperialistic onslaughts, we need to master science knowledge without sidelining other branches of knowledge including religious knowledge, but science empowers us in facing the new imperialism,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also reiterated the importance of mastering English as a language of knowledge because a lot of working papers and research findings were written in the English language.

Speaking to reporters later, he said mastering English did not make one less nationalistic, but a real nationalist would instead want to see Malaysia at par with other nations.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir received the Tokoh Za’aba Award, the highest given by UPSI’s Institute of Malay Civilisation, for his contributions to the Malay community in the educational, social, economic and language spheres.

– Bernama




One response

7 11 2011

Saya tidak pernah nampak sesiapa kisahkan sangat fasal ta’at setia dan semangat patriotisma atau cintakan kapada tanah air dinegara ini.

Tidak pernah saya baca diblog, akhbar dan lain lain media massa – kalau ada pun mungkin hanya sekali dua dalam banyak tahun – perbincangan berkenaan ta’at setia dan patriotisma terhadap negara.

Saya fikir pada umumnya rakyat tidak tahu apa dia ukuran bagi ta’at setia dan patriotisma. Pada saya mesti berdasarkan Perlembagaan negara. Termasuk Perkara 152 berkenaan Bahasa Melayu/ Malaysia. Patriotisma juga termasuk mahukan negara setanding dengan negara maju didunia antarabangsa. Untuk itu, mungkin Bahasa Inggeris diperlukan ditahap yang sesuai dinegara ini.

Kementerian Penerangan, Budaya dan Media Massa sepatutnya usahakan berbagai aktiviti menonjolkan perkara ini. Kementerian Pelajaran sepatutnya anjurkan pertandingan bahath diperingkat daerah, negeri dan nasional berkenaan perkara itu dari masa kemasa.

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