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Be grateful to parents and govt, Rosmah tells students
MELAKA: The prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor urged students on their journey to the ivory tower of higher education to be grateful for the sacrifices made by their parents' and the government.
"There is an English proverb that says 'Don't bite the hand that feeds you', so do not hurt them with any ungrateful words or deeds," advised Rosmah.
The president of the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) was speaking during the launch of the "2012 A Step to University" at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) here today.
Also present at the event organised by the Association were Melaka chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, deputy higher education minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and UTeM board of directors chairman Datuk Ir Dr Ahmad Zaidee Laidin.
"I do encourage the younger generations to speak their minds and express their thoughts as it is a way to gauge their maturity," she said.
However, they should express themselves in a civilised manner within society's norms and boundaries and need not shortchange their self-worth in the process, she elaborated.
"We are also proud of the government's commitment to ensure its people have access to the best education, which is proven by the availability of free basic education for all," she said.
The programme was initiated by Bakti and the State Education Department with 14 public institutions of higher learning introduced since 2010, to emphasise the importance of education up to tertiary level.
This year, 262 form four students from eight parliamentary constituencies in Melaka including Muar and Pagoh participated in the programme. --BERNAMA