An elected office, such as that of a member of Parliament or State Assemly, is a responsibility and should not be viewed as something glamorous. It should be viewed as a responsibility to represent the people’s interest in either local or national mattes or issues.
Politicians, either in ruling parties or opposition, should not view an elected office as something to get power or something to get rich. People’s interest should always come first, and elected office should be viewed as a position to realise the dreams and aspirations of the people, to achieve a liberal, fair , prosperous, clean and competitive society. If they are elected to an office, they should view their mandate as a heavy responsibility which should be carried out to the best of their abilities.
However, in the opposition camp, self interest seems to reign over everything else. First, there were stalemates in allocation of seats among the parties in certain states, and then latest news reports (not in Malaysiakini) mentioned that a local leader blasting an opposition party, DAP, for bringing in 3 outsiders to a front line state, Penang.
I really wonder whether these politicians have the interest of the people in their hearts.
This is the time when we can really see the bad traits of human surfacing. Friends can suddenly become foes; comrades become potential rivals; kniving each other in the back is not uncommon. It is greed, selfishness and personal glory that these people care about and drive these people to such extreme.
If these people care for their own interest so much even before an election is called, do you really think that they will work for the interest of the people when they are elected? I doubt.
If the parties cannot even decide on seat allocations, then how are they going to cooperate if they win the election? One really wonders!
Politicians, whether ruling or opposition, should always put people interest above self. The motto of Interact Club can perhaps be the guiding principles for these politicians: Service before Self.
Maybe I should change it to : People before self!