Don’t be afraid to express your opinions, Daim tells new grads

Former finance minister Daim Zainuddin was awarded an honorary doctorate in economy in conjunction with the 17th convocation ceremony of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu today.

KUALA NERUS: University graduates must be brave in defending their rights but must also consider any differences in opinion, said former Government Advisory Council chairman Daim Zainuddin.

He said graduates did not have to be afraid to express their opinions as otherwise, it would lead to a situation where they only knew how to follow orders, like cows led by the nose.

‘’To achieve this aspiration, the university is responsible for fostering the debate culture so that Malaysians will know the best way to argue to uphold accurate facts for the sake of the dignity of the race and country.

‘’This is because we want a young generation which is brave in defending its stand, dares to defend the rights of the down-trodden who are incapable of speaking up for themselves and dares to compete in a healthy manner to maintain national peace, not contesting to destroy what has already been built all this while,’’ he said.

He said this in his speech after receiving an honorary doctorate in economy in conjunction with the 17th convocation ceremony of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) today.

The former finance minister received the award from UMT chancellor Sultanah Nur Zahirah for his contributions to the national economy.

A total of 2,902 graduates were conferred their scrolls.

The Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, was present at the ceremony, also attended by Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.

Meanwhile, UMT vice-chancellor Nor Aieni Mokhtar said UMT had received 118 research grants worth RM10.3 million from domestic and foreign agencies until October this year.