In a recent interview with Astro Awani, former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin thinks many Malays prefer studying literature
"The Malays, now I'm speaking about the Malays, they love literature because it's easy to pass," Daim told Astro Awani in an interview aired yesterday, 1 November.
He added that the Malays should instead study science-based courses to compete globally.
"If we want to learn literature, it can be learnt. But to move forward, we need engineers, scientists," the Council Of Elders member said.
According to Daim, robotics and artificial intelligence are two areas Malaysia should be focusing on to be competent internationally
He cited industry players from the United States, China, Japan, and Australia to back his claim.
"They (Malays) should be doing engineering and science," the former Finance Minister, who served twice under Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, told Astro Awani.
Nonetheless, Daim noted that Malaysia has many engineers
However, the former Finance Minister claimed that most of Malaysia's engineers prefer working abroad.
"If we have a designated area, they will all come back," Daim told Astro Awani, after proposing that Malaysia should create a technology-focused centre similar to United States' Silicon Valley.