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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Yoursay: Time for Ku Li to practise what he preaches



YOURSAY | ‘What we need is for you and others to hold wrongdoers accountable.’
Kim Quek: Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, you have said all the right things. But didn’t you feel the pang of conscience when you uttered those great words, which are actually basic tenets of good leadership and sound governance? How much of what you said has been put into practice by you?
I hope you reflect deeply, and it is still not too late to answer your country’s call of duty, which I trust you still love dearly.
On another note, thanks to G25 for organising this kind of forum to wake up the conscience of the nation, much of it seems to have remained in sleeping mode. There is not much time left to do the necessary to save the country from going further down the slippery slope.
Tekad: Many leaders say the right and sensible things in public forums but do not really practise what they preach when it serves their personal interest.
In Malaysia, we have seen this time and again, and by now, the public has a fair idea of who these leaders are. Take what these people say with not just a pinch of salt, but a bagful.
Cogito Ergo Sum: In a time when the ruling party is above scrutiny, Razaleigh’s suggestion is academic.
When MACC ignores the elephant in the room and goes after opposition politicians on the flimsiest of excuses, how can we expect the ruling party to be “clean”?
Turvy: There was a time when this man could have made a great difference to the way this country developed. But he was in the thick of the politics of that time and a “leader”. Then, when he had the clout to do something, he chose to remain silent.
The country went down the drain of corruption. Every decent principle and every institution that was there to check due processes in government was compromised and dismantled even as we watched it being done under the stewardship of this man and others.
We don't need reminders or lessons on good leadership. We already know that.
What we need is action on your part and those of others to stand up and identify the wrongs that have been committed and the wrongdoers who were responsible.
Cogito Ergo Sum: A superficial education begets superficial thinkers. We now have graduates who neither read or think critically, and swallow shallow arguments because they appeal to simplistic logic.
Comparing Coke and Pepsi appeals to the simple-minded because it is easy to comprehend. But the issues they are being compared with are far loftier and need deep analysis, beyond the minds of most. Sad, but true. And that is why we are doomed to have the same governing regime for a long time, barring a miracle.
Tommy: The analogy is well-phrased. Are Malaysians developed sufficiently to comprehend what is happening, or have we been rendered stagnant by the present regime? The current observation is the latter, when you see behaviour generally.
Anonymous 2405371458107314: Malaysians are just fed up with both camps of politicians, who just seem to know how to nitpick and do not show any quality of depth about governing or advancing the country.
For the past three decades, Malaysia has been going in reverse in a car that has one forward gear and five reverse gears, and she is now in overdrive in reverse. So, don't insult us; up your game if you want support from us.
Wg321: Put aside the analogies of "Coca-Cola and Pepsi" or "Proton Saga and Rolls-Royce". Just vote for the coalition that agrees to recover back the billions of ringgit that were allegedly stolen by a certain person and Jho Low.
Besides that, as long as any coalition agrees to make MACC and the Election Commission (EC) answerable and report directly to Parliament, all other matters are secondary.
If BN agrees to comply with the above three conditions, vote for BN. If Harapan headed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad agrees to the same three conditions above, vote for Harapan.
Rojak: While the conclusions of Ross Tapsell, director of the Australian National University (ANU) Malaysia Institute, may be something few opposition supporters want to hear, there is no reason to suspect he is biased.
With BN long having had a stranglehold over print news and TV media, the opposition had no choice but to focus on online outlets, and when it got successful, there were threats from the government about controlling sites, with some actually being closed down.
We don't hear so many threats these days because BN is indeed much better with online media than it used to be and hardly needs those laughable “cybertroopers” anymore.
Of course, BN enjoys huge advantages in monopolising traditional media and manipulating electoral boundaries, but it has also been strong in communicating with ordinary citizens, and it was only a matter of time before it caught up in the online domain too.
If the opposition is ever to win an election it has to face up to this, instead of wasting its few advantages by being disorganised and sending out ambiguous messages.
Anonymous 2460391489930458: On the contrary, I think pro-opposition members of the public are way, way more active on social media than ever before.
Harapan has an incredible presence on the internet and opposition politicians have become so good and professional at using the digital medium to communicate with voters.
Quigonbond: It does not take an analyst to see that there is definitely defeatism. The majority of people who voted did not get a government they wanted. Now it's going to be worse with gerrymandering.
But Harapan is coming around. Mahathir has instilled some discipline in the process in the absence of Harapan de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
In fact, this time around, the message will be more cohesive compared with when PAS was in the coalition when the party had to hide its true ambitions even from its partners.- Mkini

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