I had today uploaded an article by the Tunku Mahkota Johor, Brigadier Jeneral Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim titled ‘Mesej Untuk Rakyat Malaysia’.

It is obvious from the content of the article that the Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) is disappointed and dismayed at a federal minister (though no name was mentioned), reportedly for making ‘unsavoury’ remarks at TMJ for a ‘cautionary statement’ that the TMJ had made. However, I am not privy to the ‘unsavoury’ remarks made by the federal minister, or the ‘cautionary statement’ made by TMJ.

As a citizen of this country, I am a strong believer in the rights to make cautionary remarks and comments, especially against our national leaders i.e. politicians, if I find them to have erred in their responsibilities to serve the people that had voted them, and had placed them to their exulted positions.  I believe that was what the TMJ had done, and being a royalty of his state, he therefore has a greater responsibility towards his subjects, to ensure their well being. He also has the responsibility to ensure that the state and federal government undertake programs of development that would benefit the people at large, and not programs to serve the political interest of any party or individual.

The language used by the TMJ in his article is simple i.e. that being appointed a minister does not mean that he/she can do and say what he/she likes. A minister is not appointed a minister if the people do not vote for them, and I believe this is where some from among them has failed to realised.  Today, we see some ministers behaviour is no different from a gangster, and speaks a language that is uncultured.

Did we not see recently an opposition leader being roughed out in the compound of the Parliament House by a group of people, and one among the group happens to be the son of a minister? If that minister is an honourable person, the son would also be an honourable individual. What happens in Parliament between individuals should remain in Parliament, and should not extend to family members. The action by the minister’s son and his group against the opposition MP reflects poorly on the character of the minister. If the same were to happen in Japan or Korea, the minister would have accepted full responsibility and tender his resignation in shame. Do we have ministers that know what shame is?

The lessons that can be drawn from the article by TMJ are simply this i.e. (1) Ministers must be a person with integrity and of ‘immaculate’ character. (2) A minister’s responsibility is to the people first, and is with the people most of the time. (3) Do not be a show off, especially your personal wealth. (4) Be an attentive listener to the people’s needs and demands. Act positively to meeting their needs and demands. (5)Set aside protocol. (6) Think hard before speaking. Speak intelligently. (7) Show a ‘likeable facial expression’ when meeting people….jangan nak tunjuk muka sombong. (8) Check on your spouse character. Jangan dia jadi bos pulak?


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