Sunday, May 26, 2013

Time To Focus On Development, Welfare For The People- Mustapa

After the 13th general election on May 5, it is time for elected leaders to concentrate on development and welfare for the people, said Kelantan Umno Liaison Committee chairman, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said the development and welfare of the people would not be protected if leaders were to only focus on speaking at political rallies without thinking of the form of implementation for the people.

"This is an unhealthy situation and we should practise mature politics where the people have made a decision and now we should focus on developing the mind of the community as well as uniting the people," he told reporters after a goodwill session with state education office staff, here Sunday.

Mustapha said continuous political talks would only result in negative impact on the people besides encouraging a split in the community especially the Muslims in the country.

"If we were to be politicking everyday, we are wasting the people's precious time and harming the country as well as dividing the community," he said.

Meanwhile, Mustapha, who is also the Minister of International Trade and Industry, said leaders should be with the education department in thinking on ways to improve student performance in the state.

"Much more needed to be done to raise the performance of students in the state. Besides academic excellence, they should also look after their moral behaviour," he said.

Mustapha said that in terms of the percentage of students entering public institutions of higher learning, the majority of them came from Kelantan but a new approach needed to be created to boost their success rate.

He said Islamic Education under the Education Ministry must be active not only in school but also extra-curricular activities to create a united nation.

"In Kelantan, we have more than 3,000 Islamic education teachers to mobilise the missionary programmes to create a strong Muslim Community as it is the source of our strength," he said.

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