Tun Dr Mahathir signing an autograph of one of his admirers after the Q & A Session
A KCD Dialogue Series titled "The Foreign Policy of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his premiership" had been held at Perdana Leadership Foundation on the 30th of January 2013, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
This exclusive dialogue was attended by only a selected few from the tertiary students who had summited their essays based on the above title.
What really touches the heart of the writer is the heart felt advices given to the students and also the answers our distinguished Tun Dr Mahathir provided during the Q & A session.
Tun Dr Mahathir stressed on the importance of the work attitude of hardwork, honesty (do not fall prey to corruption because it is the very thing that will destroy the individual and the nation), never giving up on your dreams until it is achieved, and also the work ethics of the Japanese that he so admired that he had established the Look East Policy for the Malaysians to follow.
The Japanese had learnt a hard lesson that war will not achieve anything after their country had been bombed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
They worked hard until they became the 2nd economic giant in the world. Tun also touched on the Harakiri attitude of the Japanese who committed suicide if they failed to achieve what they had set up to do in their life or if they felt ashamed after failing in their life.
He also said that Malaysian students should be grateful to the society and give back to the society who had helped them to be a success as what Harvard graduates did for their universities.
What I really take to heart was his experiences shared during the war and the occupation of the foreign powers. He said that these new students never experienced that.
He is so right when he said we should not be afraid of China since China had established the trading with the Malacca Sultanate since Cheng Ho and China never invaded Malacca.
But the Portuguese are different where after two years of trading with Malacca, they came back with war ships to invade Malacca which proven the differences of attitudes of the Eastern and Western people.
I hope that Kelab Che Det will continue with their KCD Dialogue series since it is a good move to interect the students/public at large with our beloved Tun Dr Mahathir so that they will know for themselves what a great statesman he really is!
There is indeed no one else like him in this lifetime and this is coming from someone who had admired him since she was in school.