Time to give the PM his due — M Santhananaban | Malay Mail

Time to give the PM his due — M Santhananaban

6/13/2019

Time to give the PM his due — M Santhananaban

JUNE 13 — In April/ May 2018 in the run up to GE14, a vast majority of the activist politicians of Malaysia was desperate to rid the country of the then prime minister. Partly borne of this desire the seasoned PH leadership arrived at a consensus that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the best person...

Yet in the circumstances prevailing then, he seemed the best choice.

While the ship of state is somewhat steadier a lot more remains to be done.

Needless to say, when the prime minister goes off-course he has to be advised appropriately through proper channels. The press and the media should ideally be used to explain and clarify major policies and initiatives by government leaders and parliamentary backbenchers. Brownie points should not be earned by them by attacking their own leaders. Those brownie points were relevant in the Opposition camp.

The prime minister’s authority is currently being exercised somewhat more cautiously and carefully in the post GE14 era. Symbols of an authoritarian prime minister-centric system that Datuk Seri Najib Razak brought to a nadir with highly controversial actions are being discarded. Ultimately the prime minister must be able to deliver what the country commits itself to.

* Datuk M Santhananaban is retired ambassador with more than 45 years of public sector experience.

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