Politics is about winning elections, but so is governing an effective country. At the moment, Malaysian politicians are so obsessed in politicking that they forget the actual role of them to govern the country.
The whole nation or should I say the whole cyber world of Malaysia is in chaos over the past few weeks. Concerned netizens were worried about the situation of the country.
First, there were ‘claims’ that Malaysia will most likely follow the footsteps of Greece; into bankruptcy. Figures of Malaysian debts were shared in social media. People were worried of the nation’s financial status.
Then, the 1MDB controversy was the talk of the nation. ‘Accusations and proofs’ of the bank transactions showing millions of ringgit were deposited into the accounts of the Prime Minister and his wife. Transaction records of different bank accounts were shared with one another. Some were obviously fabricated documents.
Just a week ago, the Low Yat smartphone issue has grown into a serious brawl in the Kuala Lumpur city. Text messages warning people to be careful as members of certain organization and political party is planning to slaughter their opponents. Many believed that the fights were racial issues.
Some of these accusations may be true, but the people must remember that not everything is a fact. But the one fact is the people who have created or shared that information is angry over the Government. They wanted a change; whether it is a change of the leaders or a change in the leaders.
We cannot deny the fact that many information, fact or rumours are created by political parties to topple each other. Stories like those that I have mentioned; alleged bankruptcy of Malaysia, 1MDB controversy and the slaughtering of people; is causing huge disarray in the whole country.
It affects the economy of the nation. Investors losing confidence over doing business in Malaysia. People do not trust each other; harmony was forsaken. People are afraid of their security of themselves and their family.
All these are caused by the over politicizing of the issues, spreading of rumours and untrue information. It is probably one of the easier ways to win in the election and take over the rule of the Government.
But what happens after they win the General Elections? Will they be able to boost back the economy? Will they be able to bring back the harmony? Bear in mind, investors who have left the country for another will not return again in a short period. People who have been suspicious of each other especially between races will not gain the trust back in a short period. It requires a lot of effort and time to build all those back.
Politicians today are too focused on winning the elections that they forgot their actual role of governing the country. Both sides of the politicians are equally guilty of these.
However, I believed that the people have the ability to change the ways politicians behave in politics. Put it simply, politicians wants to win elections and gain power. So they will naturally do things that will influence the people to support them. If the people are always easily influenced by rumours, then the politicians will keep on creating and spreading rumours. If the people like to listen to vulgar speeches, then the politicians will speak rough and vulgar. If the people want politicians who are matured and responsible, then the politicians would have to be one to win.
After all, politicians are not specially born and educated in a separate community. They are just normal Malaysians like us. What they are today, and how they behave today is the end-product of the very own community from where they belong. Perhaps, the real solution to have good country leaders is to first change ourselves and our expectation of the country leaders.
This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 17th July 2015.