Malaysia: Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah on the need for Ethical Leadership

January 31, 2018

Malaysia: Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah on the need for Ethical Leadership

by Geraldine

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (seen with G25’s Dato Redzuan Kushairi) at a press conference in Shah Alam on January 27, 2018

It is not good enough for a leader to be “cleaner than others”, said Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

“It, therefore, follows that such a view as ‘but our leaders are cleaner than those from some other countries’ is unacceptable.It should be ‘our leaders are clean’, full stop,” he said in his keynote address at the G25 public forum titled “Reforms for a Progressive Malaysia” in Shah Alam today.

Tengku Razaleigh also said that a good leader must be an ethical person with high integrity, who is honest and sincere. A morally upright leader would have a strong moral high ground as his leadership base. Conversely, once that high ground is lost, the right to remain in office becomes ticklish,” he said.

In the age of social media, Tengku Razaleigh said this “loss of right” would be disseminated quickly and in no uncertain terms. The masses rightly consider it their right to have leaders of high morality, he added.

This moral right, he said, is one of two elements of leadership right with the other one being the physical right.

For example, Tengku Razaleigh said, a political party must win a fairly contested election so that it may govern a country. “Should that election be run on the principle of victory as reflected by being first past the post, then a political grouping without a majority of popular votes but having the majority of elected seats will be on a sticky wicket.This would amount to a lack of moral right to lead,” he added.

Good leadership would also require leaders in both public and private sectors to subject themselves to public scrutiny, he said.

He suggested that the scrutiny is done by Parliament through a “permanent independent multi-party commission” answerable only to the august House.The commission should be given wide powers to investigate and confiscate illegally obtained assets.

“Everyone who was vested with executive authority must be subjected to this examination.“Personally I would freely offer and submit myself to this examination,” he said.

Tengku Razaleigh also stressed the importance of a balanced separation of powers between the executive, legislature and judiciary branch of government.

“A student of politics is inclined to think that this is stating the obvious.But we have to since that separation of powers had once been trampled upon in our case,” he said.


9 thoughts on “Malaysia: Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah on the need for Ethical Leadership

  1. Its not just a leader needs to be clean but a leader should be willing to speak up on issues that are not right at the time such issues are affecting the country, not years later when its history. Why is Ku Li speaking out now and not when it matters most? Is this the kind of leadership we need? A little too late when as the Malay saying “nasi dah jadi bubur”

    • In KuLi’s case, such meanderings are equivalent to : ‘Nasi jadi batu..’
      He should’ve stayed on the outside instead of ‘masuk gua’..
      Only then can he hope for a ‘hung’ parliament and becoming the Prime Reconciliator.

    • Yip , CLF,
      I did wish for a “hung ” parliament as expressed in a earlier comment in Din blog a month ago. I sincerely hope it can happen because the people are fed up when left with little or no choice from either Umnob/Bn or PH which by each of itself, lack quality leaders to run the country competently with integrity and governance.

      Left with the dire situation forced on the people, they should choose with greater weight for the candidates rather than blindly for the parties.

      Ku Li is a suitable “Prime Reconcilitor” during a transitional “hung” parliament period for gathering a new coalition cabinet team consists of quality leaders, drawn from the political divide, public and private sectors, East or West Malaysia so that the country can
      ” start on a clean slate “, regardless.

    • Hung Parliament is the season for crooks and frogs and is the worst possible scenario for Malaysia to get back on its foot.

  2. TR, you are one of the best Finance Minister the country have ever had. I acknowledge your political maturity and in terms of age and academic qualification you are way above me. But just let me point out to you what is ethical leadership apart from integrity etc, it is loyalty to the country and king first and not loyalty to your the political party where you belong or to a particular individual. Plain and simple.

  3. Its very SAD when we support n believe Ku Li can n is the best qualified candidate but he got no guts to go to battle which every leader must possess thus this is his last call if he wants to correct things otherwise keep dreaming. Perhaps what he question about Dr.M is correct……can the Leopard change its Spot ?….ask ypurself first….

  4. The good Tengku has too much vested interest to avoid a revolution and is encouraging evolution. Tommy Suharto and Subianto Prabowo and many other players in the Suharto era are products of the Indonesian political evolution despite the “rusuhan”. France has Louis IV and Marie Antoinette while Shakespeare give us Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
    In Malaysia we are blessed with Najib Razak and Rosmah and a whole bunch of corrupt and self-serving ministers, advisors and civil servants. We are in fact very lucky that has our country become like the Mugabe Zimbabwe!.–Din Merican

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