Our PM gave a very ‘good’ speech in UN. Good in the sense that what was expounded in the speech is correct and morally right.
He said that ““We must, and I repeat, we must urgently reclaim the centre and the moral high ground that has been usurped from us. We must choose negotiations over confrontation. We must choose to work together and not against each other. And we must give this effort utmost priority for time is not on our side”
He also urged the US president to”‘galvanise the moderates, bring in NGOs and social movements so that more people would see the importance of taking a moderate stance”.
This is indeed what is needed in the whole world.
This is indeed what is needed in Malaysia.
My question to the PM is this:
Why is this — the essence of his speech — not practiced in our own country?
He, as the PM, has the power to walk the talk , to do what he preaches overseas.
Why aren’t those uttering extremist words dealt with using existing laws? The incidents of the 2 principals and the words of some civil servants ( like the one in BTN) are certainly extremist, no one can deny that. Why aren’t any actions being taken against these people?
When he urges Obama to galvanise the moderates and bring in the NGOs , did he not realise that he has not reined in the NGO group called Perkasa? Did he not realise that the perception is that, by keeping quiet and refraining from attacking this group, Perkasa is seen as an outsourced extremist group from the Big Brother?
His speech is certainly good. If Obama does what our PM advises, America and the world would be a better place, no doubt about it. But our PM must put his own house in order first before offering such ‘good’ advice to others. Otherwise, there is only one word in the English language to describe the whole situation – hypocrisy!
There is still time to prove that he is not by coming home and taking charge and dealing with these extremists according to the advice he gave others in UN.
Will he walk the talk?
(This article was carried in the breaking views column in Malaysian Insider: