Is the typical Malaysian student ready to contribute to a competitive workforce? Samir of thecicak.com probes further, sampling some local university student leaders in his article, “Thinking outside the third-world mindset”…
Rather than questioning what a first-world mentality really is, the UKM president went on mouthing off statistics and reading from his little notebook, like a little robot dressed in a blue batik shirt.
When asked whether it would be helpful to develop a first-world mentality by going overseas, the second youth panelist from Kolej Yayasan Melaka responded that there is no need to go overseas as we now have the Internet.
It’s obvious that he has done his research; after all, who needs to leave the country, learn English, absorb foreign cultures and develop a sense of independence when you can do it comfortably at home?
It’s a good article, click here to read it.
And it leads to a bigger problem…
42% of Malaysia’s youth are under age 20, and most of these kids will eventually end up in the workforce. Even though they can be led by a few super-capable leaders, if most of them depend on that forever – and don’t lead themselves, both in thought and action – Malaysia will not be able to compete globally.
I don’t enjoy telling people how they should be like etc – Malaysian youths can of course choose to be less critical, less proactive, and less demanding in their lives – but I doubt they will be happy with their personal choices if the friggin’ country was poor.
Okay, so this is my plan.
If a Malaysian organisation can become super-successful globally, and have its best-practices and business philosophies seep into other local companies and universities – it can show Malaysian youth what is possible – and HOW. That HOW is important – eg: case studies in universities, books written about the comapny, word-of-mouth storytelling….
This organisation must speak for a larger vision than the business itself, in the same way, say, Google, IDEO, McKinsey, affects an outsider’s aspirations. (click on the above links in red to see what I mean)
This fabled Malaysian organisation must actively manage their PR and CSR initiatives (rather than keep the success to themselves) to lead the typical Malaysian student to know when to lead themselves, and inspire the typical Malaysian student to be demandingly excellent in everything they do.
I am hesitant to say I am going to build this fabled Malaysian organisation, because…
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
– Henry Ford
But I won’t let that stop me from trying my very best. Do you want to join me in my mission? Find me a genius programmer to fill this position…
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
– Lao Tzu
All the very best with your journeys, too.