Sunday, May 20, 2018
The mark of maturity
Salleh Said Keruak
They say it is very difficult to manage defeat or failure and even more difficult to manage victory or success. In defeat or failure, you strive to better yourself. In victory or success, you run the risk of allowing it to get to your head.
Barisan Nasional for the first time is experiencing defeat. That is normal in politics where winning and losing is part of the game. So Barisan must now learn how to manage its defeat and be gracious in the face of defeat. That would be the mark of maturity.
The winner, too, must learn how to be gracious in victory. Civil liberties and justice is not just about a fair trial in a court of law but in how one is treated before one is put on trial and pronounced guilty. The greatest violation of civil liberties is to deny a person his or her right to be treated with dignity.