Politicians must behave, show maturity, and be good leaders, says Mohamed Arshad Raji.
Intra-party factional fighting within the Pakatan Harapan parties is rearing its ugly head and threatens to derail our nation’s reform agenda, efforts to rebuild our economy and plans to brace ourselves for an impending world economic downturn, which will also hit our country.
Jomo Kwame Sundaram, senior adviser at Khazanah Research Institute, recently expressed concern about the state of our national political affairs and urged us to prepare for hard times in the coming months in the face of an economic downturn that will last the next few years.
Patriot shares the Jomo’s views. Through a number of our statements, we have previously cautioned our politicians to take heed of the warning signs pointing to a world economic recession.
Both the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank have signalled that interest rates may not rise but start to decline in the hope of spurring growth. Growth has stagnated and even a lowered interest rate is unlikely to induce growth.
The US-China trade war. fought over the last 18 months, is now also being fought on different fronts, between the US and Iran – which has the potential to start a war.
In the light of such a gloomy world economic outlook, Malaysia, which relies heavily on income from commodities, will inevitably be much affected. Coupled with our close to RM1 trillion foreign debt and obligations, it is obvious our people will face hardship in the months and years to come.
We wonder if our politicians are aware of what is to come. Looking at the way they fight tooth and nail against each other for positions, it appears they are either not aware or do not care.
The recent sex scandal purportedly involving a senior PKR minister and another PKR member who is also an aide to the deputy primary industries minister is a case in point.
There are now also photos resembling that of the finance minister engaging in homosexual acts. Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remark that he wouldn’t be surprise if photos of him engaging in homosexual acts would soon surface reflected cynicism and public ridicule that our local politics has lowered itself to the level of the gutter.
Politicians who engage in such dastardly, nauseating and senseless acts aimed at incriminating another’s character are cowards. They are scumbags whom the Malaysian people do not deserve.
The current factional fight within PKR, the largest party in the PH coalition, does not augur well for our country. It has the potential to rip the coalition apart, sending the current course of institutional reforms and efforts to stabilise our economy into tailspin.
The PKR leadership has to get its act right and not allow such a public display of its disgusting internal politicking.
The people have voted the politicians into office and expected them to lead, set good example and save the nation from the blunders cause by irresponsible politicians of the past administration. The people do not wish to see one set of irresponsible politicians replaced by another.
Patriot wishes to remind politicians that members of the security forces past and present have played their part in ensuring peace and security for the people and the nation. Many suffered hardship, had permanent injuries and sacrificed their lives in defence of the nation. As a group we have had the privilege of being commanders and therefore fully understand what good leadership entails.
Politicians must stop the nonsense of intra-party factional fighting through making a public spectacle of disgusting sexual acts. They must behave, show maturity, and be good leaders.
Retired Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd) is president of the National Patriots Association (Patriot).