June 2, 2016
COMMENT: I fully endorse Dato’Anwar Fazal’s advice that the Najib Administration should focus on good governance, instead of pandering to the fancies of pedestrian Hadi Awang of PAS.
Surely, our Prime Minister realised that he was given the mandate to govern our country for the benefit of all Malaysians. There is more to governance than just playing politics with our welfare. If our Prime Minister wants to be a polarising figure who is using Islam to stay in power, he should make himself scarce.
When will we ever learn? asks Dato’ Anwar. We have learned. We remember May 13, 1969 when our politicians played the politics of race and exclusion. That was why our Second Prime Minister and Najib’s father, Tun Razak promulgated Rukun Negara.
National unity and respect for our constitution should now be accorded top priority. If he is not prepared to do this simple task of keeping our national house in good order, Prime Minister Najib Razak should make himself scarce. He will be making a great contribution by getting out of our kitchen. We need a new national recipe based on good governance.–Din Merican
Dato’Anwar Fazal: Focus on Good Governance instead
This so-called hudud initiative proposed for debate in Parliament raises some disturbing fundamental constitutional issues. It also questions the core universal values of justice and compassion that were and should be Islam’s inspiration to the world.
Today, extremist groups have given Islam a global image of intolerance, discrimination and violence, instead of being celebrated as the religion of peace,.
Most sadly, it is fostering conflict even between Muslims, instead of enunciating our core values in the historical and infinite reality of oceans of diversity. These extremists are only creating situations that imperialists and other evil elements are having a field day exploiting.
When will we ever learn?
Let’s respect the real Islamic fundamentals of “Ar-Rahman” and “Ar-Rahim”, justice and compassion, within the framework of the agreed constitutional basics and the beautifully crafted, meaningful and uniting Rukun Negara, a model for multicultural, multi-faith and multi-ethic communities worldwide.
That was Islam in its glorious days: caring, innovative and open, giving the world some of the greatest science and arts ever and progressive breakthroughs in gender equality and justice systems.
Let us as a nation also focus on good governance that urgently addresses at least four issues:
– fighting endemic corruption;
– deal seriously with the wanton crimes against the environment (the Cameron Highlands and bauxite mess are only the face of an eco-crisis);
– promoting economic growth with equity that reduces the great gap between the rich and the poor; and,
– waking up to serious health issues reflected by the massive increase in obesity.
Let’s get our priorities right.
Dato’Anwar Fazal is a leading social activist and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and a member of G25 (a civil society organisation consisting of a group of influential Malays).