Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Novice Cousins
Prime Minister Najib Razak and Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein are cousins (read HERE). Together they wield tremendous power over the national security of Malaysia. Sadly the manner they handled the upcoming event on July 9 made them political novices. They lack the savvy approach to engage and negotiate, instead they chose the archaic route of confront and threaten, which is out of sync in this modern era when people gets connected so easily by SMSs, emails and Internet news which has created greater openness and awareness. Truth and perception are again being pitted against each other and guess who is the winner? The style and systematic denial of accusations raised by concerned NGOs over the lapses of our fundamental rights has painted themselves into a corner, as described in THIS commentary. The coming days may see a concerted efforts to clamp down the supporters but will it solve the ongoing problem? It certainly require humility and acceptance of imperfection to collectively help the nation progress. I hope both Najib and Hishamuddin realize this before things get out of hand.