Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Politicians need to be more responsible 

Salleh Said Keruak 

While some politicians like to gain political mileage by issuing sensationalised statements, they should also practice caution and be more responsible because their statements can have an affect on the stability and economy of the country. 

For example, last night, Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH) president Mohamad Sabu a.k.a. Mat Sabu said that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak stole RM2.6 billion. Mat Sabu also said that Malaysia is going bankrupt and that Malaysia’s Attorney General is the stupidest in the whole world. 

This comes after PKR leader and Member of Parliament Rafizi Ramli said Tabung Haji is going bankrupt while DAP’s Tony Pua said that 1MDB, too, was going bankrupt, both which have now been proven false. 

Rafizi said if everyone walks in to Tabung Haji at the same time and demand to withdraw their money then Tabung Haji would go bankrupt. I would view this as scare tactics and an irresponsible statement. The truth is if everyone walks in to any bank at the same time and takes their money out there is not a single bank in the world that would not go bankrupt. 

Playing scare tactics to try to trigger a run on Tabung Haji, or on any financial institution for that matter, is not only irresponsible but also tantamount to economic sabotage. An entire country can collapse when you do something like that. People will panic and there would be riots on the streets. Lives can be lost and property destroyed. 

This should not be our political culture and instead even if we are in the opposition we should also have the country’s interest in mind before doing anything. 

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