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COMMENT | How do you stop a leaking ship from eventually sinking?

Steve Oh

Published
Modified 26 Apr 2021, 3:14 am

COMMENT | There is much wheeling and dealing in Malaysian politics right now, but how will any outcome without serious systemic and moral changes improve the welfare of the people?

Will a change of captain and crew save a leaking ship with serious structural damage struggling in troubled waters? No, unless it is not more of the same and the crew and captain are not pirates.

It may be the opportune time for the remaking of a new unity nation, not only a unity government now that the old political alliances are undergoing change. Sooner or later, systemic change must happen and with it, the change of character to more moral and caring leadership.

Many feel the country is not on the optimal path of development, a trajectory that offers a future and a hope for every citizen. The old political structures are breaking apart, and the nation's faulty foundations are failing. Leaders of strong moral character are the need of the hour.

Touted by the politicians, national unity demands a key factor, a conviction that is missing from all the political narratives.

How can a nation grow and attain national unity when its citizens are classified by race and religion, and many with the wrong political colours are treated unequally and experience double standards? These are the faulty foundations - discrimination, disenfranchisement and destruction. Injustice is a moral failure.

How do you cure a demoralised nation? How do you stop a...

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