KUALA LUMPUR: The National Transformation 2050 (TN50) preparation cannot wait and must start now, Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
The Youth and Sports Minister said this is to ensure that Malaysia is not left behind as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where about 60 per cent of traditional job opportunities will be gone by 2050.
"To face this challenge, the government has started various sessions to prepare the human capital and this encompasses all sectors," he said today.
Khairy moderated a TN50x Dialogue Session with over 500 young Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) executives who expressed their aspirations for the future.
Themed "Generasi Muda PNB, Merakyatkan Pelaburan, Berkongsi Kemakmuran," participants voiced their hopes and wish lists for the future, touching mostly on education, unity, national identity, financial literacy and human capital development.
Khairy said if society did not start investing now, they will soon get left behind, therefore financial literacy is more important now than ever.
On education, Khairy agreed with some participants that while the quality of school examinations has improved, assessments are still too exam-oriented.
"There are too many exams for children as young as 7 years old that even parents are feeling the pressure.
“However, if we were to take out examinations from schools, there would also be parents who would get upset, so we need to come up with ways to assess students differently," he said.
Khairy also said that in future, workplaces will be completely different, as employees would be able to be productive anywhere, not just in the office.
"Technology will allow us to do this, enabling us to spend more time with our children," he said, responding to a concern raised regarding lack of family time due to long working hours.
Also present at the dialogue was PNB Group Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar.
"Our young executives have many aspirations and we can see that they are more spirited now because of this dialogue with Khairy.
"This (the dialogue series) is a very good programme and I hope it will continue," he said.
Khairy said that to date, he has heard 51,000 aspirations from 1.5 million youths nationwide through the TN50 dialogue series.