Hang Tuah as an Icon for Malaysia


Last November, Prime Minister Najib Razak launched a new national ambition that sets aside the Vision 2020 programme initiated almost 20 years ago by his newfound nemesis, former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad.

This new plan looks to year 2050, meaning it provides 33 more years for us to reach the set targets. The prime minister calls it TN50. When TN50 was launched, the Ministry of Higher Education made a short presentation of the imagined state of the Malays in 2050.

The iconic character in that imagination was given the name Firdaus Imtiaz. He is fluent in five languages, and has been a hafiz (Quranic memoriser) since he was 13 years old.

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