September 25, 2015
Congratulations to my Young Malaysian Friend–Dr Anas Alam Faizli
Having academics as parents, Dr. Anas Alam Faizli believes that education changes lives, promotes social inclusion and equity and, brings about economic growth and progress. The importance of education is well ingrained in the family’s psyche. Anas especially holds on to the compelling words of his late grandfather – treasure education, avoid hostility and be a person who brings benefit to society.
Anas grew with the University, spending more than six years completing his master’s and doctoral degrees, an experience that he found truly rewarding.
“Doing the doctorate is a very personal thing for me as I believe that every one of us can be an agent of change. Education must be given priority because the country can move forward only with a capable and knowledgeable workforce.”
“Higher education is an impetus for establishing a civic-minded society. As a nation, we are currently at a crossroads. Our tertiary education penetration levels are still lacking compared to that of developed nations!”
“Prof Dr Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah, also known as Hamka, repeatedly wrote in his literary works that life is a struggle. Life is a fight. We cannot choose the challenges and obstacles that we will face in life. However, we can choose what to equip ourselves with, to help us in facing life’s challenges and struggles.”
“Fellow graduates here, including me, have chosen to equip ourselves with an education from OUM and we are proud of our choice. We have now earned ourselves a scroll, a piece of paper which will amount to nothing, nothing, if the experiences garnered along the way are not used for the benefit of society.”
“We are duty bound to provide light and guidance to others where possible. Every one of us needs to rise to the occasion and shoulder this responsibility!If there was one message I would like you to take away from today’s speech, it is – Be the candles that light the way for society. Be a leader for your family, your community, in the workplace and outside. Make your voice heard.”