PEKAN: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today called on Malaysians to use modern communications technology responsibly.
His Majesty said that new digital technologies and communications systems should not be used to exploit issues in ways that could be detrimental to national unity and harmony.
“The act of spreading slanderous, false news and statements that could threaten national harmony and unity is irresponsible.
“I call on the people to be more responsible and to respect the harmony of the country. Modern technology should be a tool for (enhancing) the well-being of the people and to create success, not to destroy the country,” he said.
Al-Sultan Abdullah said this at the DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia’s sixth convocation ceremony here, where 686 graduates received their Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Also present were DRB-Hicom Berhad Group managing director Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar; DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia vice-chancellor Datuk Professor Dr Omar Osman; state secretary Dr Sallehuddin Ishak; and state police chief Datuk Abd Jalil Hassan.
The King added that higher education institutions must undergo various transformations in order to prepare graduates to face the challenges of the new digital age.
He said that the advent of the fourth industrial revolution (IR 4.0) will have an impact on a world in which technology and information systems will replace humans in many jobs.
“Higher learning institutions should offer multidisciplinary courses in technology as well as the application of inter-personal skills, communication, teamwork and leadership,” he said.
His Majesty, who is also the chancellor of the university, also touched on words of wisdom posted on the wall of the hall, which encourages students not to give up in their endeavours and to keep on going despite facing numerous failures.
“I hope this reminder will be used as a guide for young people not to fear failure... but to look at it as an opportunity to achieve more successes,” he said.
Al-Sultan Abdullah also congratulated all the graduates, their parents and the management of the university today, a day when 18 graduates in the first Master’s degree programme group received their scrolls.
The King then highlighted the successes of the university, which now offers 45 foundation, diploma, degree and post-graduate programmes – with a speciality in the automotive eco-system – which he described as a “proud achievement” after the institution was upgraded to university status in Oct 2015.
“I have been informed that the university has introduced virtual campus experiential learning which allows students not to be on campus physically to participate in learning sessions.
“The university has also launched an academic programme, through work-based learning via a partnership with the Composite Technology Research Malaysia, that will provide (more in-depth) exposure to the latest technologies,” he added. – Bernama