'Be accountable in carrying job duties' - Pahang Regent to graduates
KUANTAN, PAHANG: Time, energy and money invested in educating graduates will be wasted if they fail to make proper judgement for their future, said the Regent of Pahang.
Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said the sacrifice of their family and government would be meaningless if they showed lackadaisical attitude.
Tengku Abdullah, who is Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)'s chancellor, said being graduates would qualify them to be appointed to various positions in the public and private sectors.
"This will expose them to various responsibilities with the power to make decisions.
“This demands accountability from graduates as an executive and professional group with ethics and integrity.
“However, if the values I mentioned is not fully instilled in their soul, thoughts and actions, then they might be at risks of involving in power abuse, corruption and other crimes,” he said in his speech at the 12th UMP convocation ceremony at the Gambang campus here today.
Tengku Abdullah said no matter how high their position or rank was, they should always keep in mind that everyone was ordinary people before God.
"We are not only required to have accountability for matters related to our work or home but we also need to be responsible in our relationship with God who is always monitoring our movements," he said.
He also said the convocation was a significant event as it had been 11 years since his appointment as the chancellor.
"I am grateful to UMP for conferring me the Honorary Doctorate of Management. The recognition is not for me alone but a special award for my family, father, the royal family and Pahang people.
"The award will serve as an extra motivation for me to carry out my the responsibilities given by my father as the Regent of Pahang as well as my duties as university chancellor," he said.
UMP vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim presented the award to Tengku Abdullah.
A total of 2,845 graduates received their scrolls at the convocation, which ends on Monday