Malaysia has a serious problem; apart from other major problems we are facing at the moment. This problem is the root cause of all evils, issues, distortions and malaise. What is it? It is OVER POLITICKING!
Political parties from both sides of the divide are taking a no prisoner stance in their fierce political battle. However, sometimes their behavior and action borders stupidity and resulted in serious repercussion to the innocents and to the nation.
Politics and politicians in the 21st century should bear heavier responsibility over their action and behavior. They should put their action in the context of nation building and general well-being of the public.
We would like to see political contest and debate over policy making, governance and leadership. We should detest politics of character assassination, gangsterism, violence, racism, religious bigotry and other negative elements.
However, supporters from both sides of the divide have stepped out of their boundaries of decency and civility. Political discourse in the country has descended into a shameful act of vulgarism, a lack of respect for individuals and violence.
Two-party system should be welcomed. However, competitive politics should be conducted with the aim to achieve better accountability, governance and policy making.
The desire for power should not override these responsibilities.
The national flag fiasco is an example of poor judgment and irrational politics. Changing the national flag or flying an alternative flag during the Merdeka celebration is not going to help making Malaysia a better place than what it is now.
We need a change of mindset, culture and attitude. It must start with the politicians.
PKR's youth chief Shamsul Iskandar maintained that there was nothing wrong in flying the flag, also known as the Sang Saka Malaya, during the Merdeka eve gathering.
While it is not a crime, the action should not be applauded too. Shamsul should condemn such act and not trying to defend the perpetrators. Should those flying the Sang Saka Malaya flag be punished? No, they should not but they should be told to respect the national flag. Regardless of who is leading the country, its symbols (flag, constitution, institutions) and identity should not be tarnished and belittled.
Malaysia is above any political parties. All politicians fighting for a mandate to rule the country must take a sacred oath to ensure that this country is governed responsibly