Long-term forward thinking way to achieve Vision 2035
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
STUDENTS in the sultanate yesterday shared their thoughts on the importance of long-term forward thinking in helping the nation to achieve Vision 2035.
During the 32nd National Day celebration at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) in the capital, some students from Brunei’s higher institutions and secondary schools said that long-term forward thinking could train them to become independent individuals.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, a 20-year-old student from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Nur Faza Hatikah Hj Lamit said that forward thinking is preparing to not only avoid pitfalls and deficiency, but to also achieve growth and success through innovation.
“Youth in the sultanate should not just rely on the government or educational institution to teach them what’s best or not, instead they must be productive in generating new thoughts for the future of the country,” said the student who joined yesterday's parade.
A Filipino student from UBD, Ramon Timothy D Banta said that in order for the nation to develop a generation with a vision, youth must be able to learn to “stand on their own” without being too dependent on the government.
“Youth (in Brunei) is very complacent now because they think the government will take care of them so they really need to get out of their comfort zone to secure a bright future ahead,” said Ramon.
The 21-year-old said that in doing this, youth need to see how people in other countries face challenges and learn how to overcome these constraints.
“Youth should be exposed to the real world because in Brunei, you don’t really experience what other countries are experiencing,” he added.
Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) student Md Hafiz Khalaf Md Jamal said that citizens, at foremost should be grateful for the privileges and benefits that have been provided in the country and reciprocate these efforts.
The final year Electrical and Electronic Engineering student said that there are a lot of opportunities for youth to contribute to the country and one of them is to be an active volunteer.
He added that the current economic deficit certainly will affect the life of young generation in the sultanate but it should be taken as an opportunity for youth to prove their worth to the nation.
Mohd Noor Abdullah @ Ikhwan Hj Mohamad, 18, from Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang said that generating new ideas, energy as well as financial growth to the country are among ways youth can assist the nation. He said that now is more crucial for youth to be united and work together in achieving Vision 2035 as the deficit in oil prices affects the whole nation, not just the government.
“We should be united as a whole community, and not just doing things individually. We should be thinking ahead and be wise, be vigilant in spending, to avoid and reduce any more problems in the future,” he added.
The Brunei Times