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Rosmah: Develop children to possess sound moral values
KUALA LUMPUR: Society needs to develop children to possess sound moral values, who understand the value of being and doing good as opposed to merely doing what they were told without any reflection.
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said yesterday that the topic of character building and values system was no longer something limited to homes and religious settings, alone.
“Values must become an open debate and discussion; it must be discussed at dinner tables, classrooms and boardrooms.
“Good character has to be nurtured, inspired and championed by parents, teachers and leaders,” said Rosmah in her video recorded keynote speech at the Caring Education in the 21st Century symposium, near here.
Rosmah said schools had to introduce innovative methods of rewarding good character.
“Character cannot be built from legislation or regulations,” she said, and explained that these tools would only nurture a situational values system that was not sustainable in the long term.
She emphasised that youths had to be guided to see the value of being good and be aware that doing good deeds were beyond receiving physical or extrinsic awards.
One of the problems in character building were the actions of youths who challenge the norms being labelled as unacceptable behaviour, Rosmah said.
“It is important that we recognise differences in children and not punish them.
“The education system must look beyond traditional classroom pedagogical approaches to encompass explorative ability,” she said.
Citing the Japanese as good examples of citizens with honourable values, Rosmah said Malaysians could learn from them.
Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan, Rosmah said, there was no looting and people only took what was required from stores.
People chose to do what was right based on their own volition, she added.
Human Resources deputy minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan had attended the symposium, organised by Miss MalaysiaIndia Care Association (MMICARE), on behalf of Rosmah and presented Gift Her Education Grants worth RM2,000 each to six university students.
The recipients were PhD students Thilaga Rati Selvaraju, 25, Nithiyaa Nilamani, 25, Marina Hashim, 24, and Masters students Hazirah Abdul Radzak, 25, Pavallekoodi Gnasekaran, 28, and Tan Shi Wei, 26.
The six students were pursuing research in fields such as molecular medicine, pharmocology, toxicology, marine sciences, biotechnology and immunobiology.