LETTER | In evaluating Shahrir Abdul Samad’s criticism of Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin, we need to consider it from a broader perspective. This includes understanding global politics and principles of leadership in Islam.
Good leadership, as demonstrated by Muhyiddin, requires the ability to adapt to circumstances, have an inclusive vision, and manage them in a fair manner.
The decision to appoint Hamzah Zainudin as the opposition leader was the result of consensus among the top leadership of Perikatan Nasional, reflecting a leadership approach that involves consultation and consensus in decision-making.
A good leader is not only effective in managing their duties and responsibilities but also capable of nurturing and producing better leaders.
This reflects the concept of sustainable leadership, where a leader is not only focused on current achievements but also ensures that future generations of leaders are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and aspirations to continue the struggle.
This shows that Muhyiddin, as a statesperson, values the importance of cooperation and shared agreement in the leadership process, which may initially appear detrimental. However, for a skilled chess player, every move has a deeper purpose and objective.
If examined, PN is an effort to create balance and harmony in decision-making. Collectively made decisions often represent various perspectives and can lead to more inclusive and holistic solutions to the challenges at hand.
From an Islamic perspective, this approach reflects the principle of syura, which is consultation and mutual discussion in decision-making. This shows that Muhyiddin and the leadership of PN value the principles of democracy and collective decision-making in managing political affairs, in line with Islamic values.
People who perceive the sincerity in Muhyiddin’s leadership may feel a significant difference in the way politics and governance are managed compared to the Umno leadership.
Sincerity is crucial in building trust and support from the people. Leaders perceived as sincere and dedicated to the wellbeing of the people and the nation typically receive stronger support from the public.
Leadership oriented towards unity and sincerity, as demonstrated by Muhyiddin, paves the way for a more stable and inclusive politics in Malaysia.
It also emphasises the importance of leadership that can inspire trust and shoulder responsibility, which is vital for the progress and political and social harmony of the country.
Muhyiddin’s approach, which prioritises consensus and collective discussion, not only strengthens solidarity within PN but also sets an example of mature and responsible leadership, considering various perspectives and interests before making important decisions.
This is a characteristic of effective leadership, especially in the dynamic political context of Malaysia.
MAHATHIR MOHD RAIS is Federal Territories Bersatu information chief.
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