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23rd August 2018

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik’s recent appointment of seven persons to the National Education Advisory Council has met with some severe criticisms from certain quarters through the social media. The main criticism has been that the appointed members lack experience in education management and are therefore not qualified. Patriot has a different opinion.
Brig Gen Dato Yusri Anwar, one of the seven appointees, is academically qualify as well as having vast military experience in areas of command and leadership, management, strategic planning, and expert in motivation. Besides, his more than 36 years career span in the military brought him to a few oversea attachments as instructor and defence attaché. An officer who rose through the ranks and held varied appointments, including dealing with foreign authorities, is sure to be someone very capable and full of experience. While we applaud the appointment of BG Yusri Anwar to the Council, we would also like to urge him to pay special attention at the alleged lowering of academic standard at Universiti Pertahanan Negara Malaysia (UPNM) and to use his position without fear or favour to ensure the highest academic standard and integrity is observed by the university.
BG Yusri Anwar’s critics are unwise to say he is good only at warfare. Similarly criticism against all the other appointees for lack of management in education matters is narrow in thinking. Pertaining to educational matters, the Minister of Education has all the advisors he needs from his ministry. Other than education matters, what he needs most is the life experience from people of different fields that he can tap to incorporate in his policies and implementation of projects.
From the outset of his appointment as a minister, Maszlee Malik has stressed his desire to instill positive values among students at primary levels. Patriot fully supports his idea, as there can be no better approach than to instill positive values at an early age to build a strong foundation for success in the future. Furthermore, it is the minister’s prerogative to appoint whom he can trust. It is he alone who has to assume responsibility to all his policies and actions.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan