09 Julai, 2010
[ hang nadim] Melayu Oh Melayu..........
Video amanat Najib menyentuh hati pelajar baru UUM
KUALA LUMPUR 8 Julai - Beribu-ribu penuntut baru yang mendaftar di institusi pengajian tinggi awam (IPTA) bulan ini bertuah apabila menerima suntikan semangat daripada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Amanat Perdana Menteri itu disampaikan melalui rakaman video yang ditayangkan semasa sesi pendaftaran di IPTA seluruh negara termasuk di Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) baru-baru ini.
Naib Canselor UUM, Profesor Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak yang memberitahu perkara itu berkata, suntikan semangat itu memberi kesan mendalam kepada penuntut dan kakitangan akademik universiti itu.
''Amanat melalui video yang pertama kali dilakukan Perdana Menteri menunjukkan beliau amat memberi tumpuan kepada perkembangan pendidikan negara.
"Sesi kemasukan pelajar baru tahun ini lebih istimewa kerana mereka menerima kata-kata nasihat daripada Perdana Menteri sendiri,'' katanya ketika melawat Ibu Pejabat Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad di Jalan Chan Sow Lin di sini hari ini.
Turut hadir Pengarah Jabatan Canselori UUM, Baharudin Yaacob serta pegawai khas kepada Naib Canselor UUM, Azahar Kassim dan Mohd. Khairy Mukhtaruddin.
Rombongan UUM itu disambut Ketua Pengarang Kumpulan Utusan, Datuk Aziz Ishak; Penolong Ketua Pengarang 1 Kumpulan Utusan, Datuk Zaini Hassan; Pengarang Utusan Malaysia, Hassan Mohd. Noor dan Pengarang Kosmo!, Baharom Mahusin.
Hadir sama menyambut rombongan tersebut Pengarang Berita Utusan Malaysia, Mohd. Ridzwan Md. Iman; Pengarang Kanan Utusan Online, Gamal Nasir Mohd. Ali dan Pengarang Rencana, Azman Anuar.
Menurutnya, selain itu, Perdana Menteri turut menyampaikan nasihat menerusi rakaman video ialah Menteri Pengajian Tinggi, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
''Ia menandakan tumpuan kerajaan terhadap pendidikan tidak pernah diabaikan," katanya.
Mohamed Mustafa yang mula berkhidmat di UUM sejak 1986 dilantik menjadi Naib
Published: Friday July 9, 2010 MYT 11:47:00 AM
Tun Abdul Razak, my hero, says economist
MELBOURNE (Bernama): A leading Australian agricultural economist has paid tribute to former prime minister Tun Abdul Razak for his vision in promoting land development schemes and improving smallholdings in Malaysia in the 1960s.
"Tun Abdul Razak was a personal hero of mine," Dr Colin Barlow told the 18th biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia at the University of Adelaide in South Australia Thursday, when he presented his paper entitled "Malaysian Agriculture in Transition 1960-2010".
Dr Barlow said soon after arriving in Kuala Lumpur in 1963 to work at the Rubber Research Institute, he realised rural agencies and research bodies lacked the weight to improve Malaysian agriculture and much had to be done.
"What was needed in this 1960s situation was to focus much more on bettering individual and group smallholdings. We needed a person with authority, having a common touch and in tune with rural people's aspirations.
"And we found him in Tun Abdul Razak. He became the architect of giving practical application to popular desires - a personal hero of mine."
Dr Barlow said Tun Abdul Razak, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Rural Development, was 'an individual combining great vision with skills in leadership and administration.'
He facilitated the organisation of replanting and new land development schemes, he said.
"Tun Abdul Razak engineered major improvements to rural education and health, along with roads and other infrastructures, proceeding in the 1970s to pioneer wider national transformation through the New Economic Policy," he said.
Dr Barlow, who has been involved in rural development for many years, especially in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, told the Adelaide conference "a further crucial initiative" of the 1960s in Malaysia was the establishment of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), which was fashioned after difficult beginnings into a highly successful body".
This opened up and managed many new planted areas, first under rubber and later oil palm, he said.
He said Malaysian agriculture, which has been described as a "third engine of growth", has potential for further expansion, but it depended on the intentions of future governments.
Dr Barlow has written several books on Malaysia, his most recent titled "Malaysian Economics and Politics in the New Century" (Edward Elgar, 2003, edited with Francis Loh Kok Wah).
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