Hailing Japan as the right model, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today spoke of the need for Japanese universities to be established in Malaysia for us to learn Japanese values.
"Malaysians can learn Japanese values without the need to come to Japan," said Mahathir, who has an avid interest in the Japanese work culture and value system, in an address at the Kyushu-Asia Institute of Leadership (KAIL) to Kyushu-based business executives and young professionals.
KAIL, founded in 2004, is a non-profit organisation that provides intellectual and social infrastructure for global educational programmes.
Mahathir has been the main speaker at the KAIL talks, and this year marks his 15th appearance.
Malaysia sent thousands of students to tertiary institutions in Japan under Mahathir's "Look East" policy during his previous stint as the prime minister, hoping that they will learn not only engineering and technology, for example, but also Japan’s work ethics and noble values.