Most things are not in black and white

Tan Sri, let me congratulate you on two aspects of your blog.

First, I am glad you have decided to lend your influential voice to the discussion of issues that concern every Malaysian. I am sure your blog will become an outstanding success given your acknowledged achievements in other activities that you have involved yourself, such as education, advertising, corporate branding, and many more.

Second, I like the subtle skill of embedding your messages in your posting (A new vision of education).

It is very true what you wrote about people preferring to avoid change and seeking comfort in time-tested practices. People like these probably would have to break a leg before they would even consider breaking the norm.

On the whole, this is a country where conformity is the priority, not creativity.

Although many business and government leaders talk about creativity and innovation these days, in reality it is very much missing in what they do.

Take the example of the National Innovation Council, which is filled with politicians and civil servants who worship the status quo.

The school system has to be more creative in order to allow students to arrive at creative solutions. We should have less one right answer solutions. We should move into a situation where there can be many right answers.

In other words, we have to move into a more knowledge-driven environment and not a black and white situation. Most things are not in black and white anyway.

It must not be a case where it is black or you are wrong; or it has to be white, otherwise you are not right.

Conformity means just that. It means there is a right answer and a wrong answer straight away.

We are in a system in which the way we run a business or a learning institution is controlled by rules and regulations that are very much punitive in nature. Over time, our people will concentrate on not making mistakes.

If we get into that kind of environment, everybody would want to conform because that is the way they can move forward.

But conformity is not the way to move forward.

Tan Sri, I have heard you said at seminars that it is creativity that drives innovation which is essential for transformation, and I totally agree with that belief.

You have also spoken eloquently on the need for a major shift in the mindset of our people – starting from children to parents, from teachers to government leaders, from farmers to corporate leaders.

Sadly, we have yet to see this happening.

The conditions for people to become agents of change are not there.

The harsh reality in this country is that we still have in place systems that belong to the middle of the last century, that are not compatible to the realities of a fast-changing world driven by advancing technology.

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About Tan Sri Lim

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Dr Lim Kok Wing, the Founder and President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, does not fit into any ordinary mould that would describe most entrepreneurs.

His journey has been closely linked with the economic and social development of Malaysia.

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Only 6 percent of the population aged 20-24 in Least Developed Countries was enrolled in tertiary education compared with 23 percent in other developing countries and 57 percent in OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries.

UNCTAD Least Developed Countries Report, 2006

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