Education Minister wants media to focus on ‘positive vibes’

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (centre) visiting the exhibition after launching the Read@Uni programme at UiTM on Thursday (Nov 29). – Bernama

SHAH ALAM: The media should focus on creating more educational content that will spread “positive vibes”, says Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. He said journalists should use their writing to educate the public instead of “sensationalising” news to gain readership.

“Their writing should spread positive vibes that will build and develop a civilised society,” he said when launching the Read@Uni programme at UiTM on Thursday (Nov 29).

He added that the media should not focus on catchy headlines that create controversy. Dr Maszlee said it is quite sad to see how much the media has changed from the past when it was used to inform the public and served as an educational tool.’

“Now, it is only a friend to sensational news, playing up small matters just to gain more readers or more ‘Likes’,” he alleged.

On another matter, Dr Maszlee said he hoped to see Malaysians spending more than 10 hours a week reading. He added that according to The World Culture Index 2017, Malaysia ranks among the countries that spend less than five hours a week reading.

He said that university students should be agents of change, take the lead and encourage society to read more.

Dr Maszlee also said that universities should conduct more discussions and debates based on books that require a high level of thinking.

“A developed nation cannot be formed if it doesn’t have a young generation that is (morally) balanced, mature, and highly knowledgeable,” he added.

He said that these attributes could only be formed through reading material that require a high level of thinking, and not light material.


By Rebecca Rajaendram