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A leader stands only as tall as the people allow him

COMMENT | I have a problem with people who think that they are the be-all and end-all. Basically, people who think they can do anything they want because they feel they have the authority to do so. And take note, they just feel they have the authority to do so.

One case in point that got me upset is how lawyer Latheefa Koya was appointed as MACC head by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The prime minister made a unilateral decision without any consultation with the cabinet or the Parliamentary Select Committee.

Mahathir gave his reasons for doing so and it was that he did not want to go through all the red tape involved with the appointment, so he made the appointment by himself. It may be true that the prime minister is accorded certain privileges in this sense but he goes against New Malaysia’s commitment towards transparency and democracy...

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