There must be professional courtesy between politicians and civil servants in keeping to the confines of their responsibilities. The executive must respect separation of powers and not manipulate the civil service to serve their political agenda.
Malaysia needs a mature electorate that will give its mandate to truly honest and ethical representatives who value the opportunity to serve the people and country and not the other way around.
It is hoped that the emergency in Malaysia be lifted sooner than scheduled, Parliament be in session and that the punitive regulatory measures for SOP non-compliance will be phased out as this will enable the government of the day to regain the trust and confidence of the people.
It has been an eventful year replete with theatrics, intrigues, controversies, horse-trading, party-hopping, court rulings and convictions that reveal the integrity, or the lack of it, of our elected representatives, writes Prof Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin.
For the sake of the nation and future generations, we must rid ourselves of cultural and religious bigots, charlatans and those who manipulate our differences to serve their own nefarious agenda.
There has not been proper and concerted planning to engage and address the plight of the lower-income groups. As during the pandemic, planning has been reactive rather than proactive, writes Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin.
The Kedah government’s demand of RM50 million annually from Penang for drawing water from its side of Sungai Muda and threatening to divert the river in case of non-compliance portrays a lack of humane communal responsibility, writes Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin.
There is a dire need to put to pasture corrupt and self-serving politicians and be rid of a culture that thrives on feudalistic patronage, unbridled loyalty through the offerings of positions and monies and conformity, writes Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin.
Malaysia is floundering and rudderless, drifting aimlessly, unable to weather the political and economic storms and to navigate to an ethical and moral enclave, writes Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin.
A responsible government needs to balance between utilitarian and libertarian principles underlined by distributive justice to maximise the wellbeing of the people in the form of a moral economy.
Will US president-elect Joe Biden continue the previous administration’s policies or will he ameliorate it by taking a different diplomatic trajectory and subdue the hawkish stance?
The Malays have long been in servitude from the time of feudalism, through colonialism, the Japanese occupation and now, neo-feudalism, writes Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin.
It is unfortunate politicians are always on the lookout for the best bargains, willing to lend support to any faction that would offer them a good deal.