It pays to be multilingual, Lee tells students 

Lee (second right) presenting the award to a top student as Ng looks on.

MIRI, Sept 22: Students should strive to master not only the English Language but languages like Mandarin also to expand their job prospects in the future, said Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

“Mandarin is well established as it is one of the most widespread language in the world today. That is why learning this language and other languages is a good idea. Try to develop an active mind to learn new things to grow,” Lee said at SMK Lopeng Tengah’s student excellence awards 2018 presentation ceremony here today.

Twenty-five students who excelled in Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) in 2017 were rewarded for their effort.

Lee told those present of the value of having an open mind in order to become globally competitive.

“In today’s information technology (IT) era, we need a global mindset in order to become competitive,” he opined.


Lee reminded the students to not only concentrate on achieving academic excellence but to give co-curricular activities due attention too.

At the gathering, he gave the school’s parent-teacher association (PTA) RM10,000 for their activities.

Also present were SMK Lopeng Tengah principal Ng Cheng Soo and the school’s PTA chairman Spaiee Julai. — DayakDaily