Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, urged the public not to stop learning, as education is a lifetime job. The 93-year-old prime minister said, if Malaysia wants to progress and be recognised as a fully developed country, the people must be fully educated.

He said, today's education was not only about learning history or literature, but more about learning new sciences, that are revolutionising industry in the world. Even business is now affected by new technologies. Therefore, it is important for Malaysian youth to be trained.

So please do not stop learning, education is a lifetime job, because what I knew when I graduated in 1954, is no longer relevant today. We always want to move forward, and to move forward we need to develop new knowledge, he said, at the Perdana University's third convocation ceremony here today.

The prime minister also urged the young to learn about what was happening in the country, including in the political arena. It is not necessary for you to be totally involved in politics, but you should know what is happening in the country and at the very least, you should vote during election, he added.

At the convocation ceremony, Dr Mahathir, who is also the founding Chancellor of Perdana University, was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy for Global Peace and National Reconciliation, while his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy for Women and Community Development.

This was the first time that Perdana University conferred the honorary degrees, which were the highest awards given by the university.