Reported in Malaysiakini.com and witnessed 'live' by myself, Gerakan Wanita chief Tan Lian Hoe, in a strongly-worded winding-up speech, said merely listening to the grouses from the rakyat will be insufficient as what the people wanted are for swift actions to be taken.
She was referring to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s opening speech yesterday that the latter wanted to hear the truth even if it hurts.
“Listen, listen, listen but no action taken. The people are actually disappointed, frustrated and angry,” Tan, who is also the Bukit Gantang member of Parliament, told the delegates. “It is useless that we only listen but no firm and swift action is being taken.
This would not solve the problem,” she added, pointing out that those who voiced their grouses against the government should not be deemed as ‘traitors’. “They are not traitors, they just want to air their views. The real traitors are those who are corrupt, do not have integrity and dishonest,” she added.
Tan's statement must be carefully studied by all politicians and government leaders. Many leaders, especially those in the BN, are swift to take stern action against those who criticised the government but are not as quick to respond to real grouses and malpractices. The PM has said that he is prepared to listen hard constructive criticism. The other leaders should encourage people to tell him the truth.
Leaders should emulate Tan and start to act like true patriots. True patriots must answer the call for action when things in the country start to go wrong.
They should focus on substance and not form.
Picture courtesy of Malaysiakini.com