My friend, like me I presume, has no claim to fame as activist. We are normal, working, struggling mothers of twos fighting hard to survive with dignity in a migrant situation, where even bringing up your kids also is a lonely struggle, a dependent situation on strangers, or the occasional elderly in the family, who would themselves, do better with care and company
A leader is a person who inspires, by her actions, her followers to dream and do the impossible. A leader is a person who makes extraordinary things happen. A leader is a person who is very influential and has a high degree of influencing skills. A leader is inspiring by his thoughts, his deeds, his words, his actions. A leader by definition, makes things happen and does not stand by on the side while things happen.
Take any leader and you will see that this is so. If these things are not happening, then I would doubt very much if the said person is a leader.
A leader takes responsibility for the actions of the persons he supposedly leads. A leader does not say, "I don't know". The leader knows that the buck stops at him and takes full accountability for the same. Two examples from Indian history stand out in my mind.
Mahatma Gandhi (the original Gandhi) undertook a fast unto death after the Chauri Chaura incident. Why did he do that? It was because he felt (and this is important) he was culpable for his followers actions with resulted in the burning down of a police chowky and many deaths.
Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1956, offered his resignation after a railway accident at Mahbubnagar that led to 112 deaths. However, Nehru did not accept his resignation. Three months later, he resigned accepting moral and constitutional responsibility for a railway accident at Ariyalur in Tamil Nadu that resulted in 144 deaths. While speaking in the Parliament on the incident, the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, stated that he was accepting the resignation because it would set an example in constitutional propriety and not because Shastri was in any way responsible for the accident. Shastri's unprecedented gesture was greatly appreciated by the citizens.[Wiki entry, here]
Look at history and you will see that leaders rarely share credit for victories but share all the blame when anything goes wrong. And incidentally both these leaders are with the party that today heads the government.
Today the two people from this very same party who head the government - one official, one unofficial - are leaders of a different nature. One has no idea what is happening under his watch or atleast claims to have no knowledge of what is happening under his watch. He has the certificate of integrity provided by all concerned. And the person he reports to, unconstitutionally, has nothing to say, except take potshots at the opposition. What about the billions looted? Why was your government sitting on all these scams? And these reports were out by atleast one newspaper in 2008 itse
It beats me - a government that is reportedly the "
Note, The Star Online got the number of pictures wrong. You can look for yourself and see more than "A photograph" was posted. By saying it was one picture, they are trying to make it sound less serious. Damn, you see mistakes were made in the first two words of the article. What else could they have gotten wrong? Do not blame the people at The Star Online, the guy writing the article might have a gun at his head whiling he was writing it.
Nazri has lost his moral authority. At this point his is just bring more shame to his party and family. His hypocrisy and his lack of strength in the wake of these picture bring in question his manhood. Elizabeth Wong is more of a man than Nazri because at least she faced the media. Nazri is in hiding, he hide like a little girl under her sheet because of the monsters in the closet. If he is not the person in these pictures, why not just say so?
When I look at Najib, Muhyiddin, Mahathir, Ibrahim Ali - all those bombastic self-proclaimed Ketuanan Malay “leaders,” I do think of Hang Tuah! Huh! All they remind me of are Field Marshall Idi Amin Dada, Mobutu Sese Seko, Robert Mugabe and His Excellency Benito Mussolini Head of Government, Duce of Fascism, and Founder of the Empire. Yes at one time or another they were all leaders of their people, all striding to the sound of brass bands and traveling around in motorcades flanked by armed guards. Leaders they might be but they were all totally oblivious to the look of contempt and disgust from the very masses that they consider themselves to be Lord and Master over. Totally oblivious of the massive harm they have done to the country they ruled. Totally oblivious to the crumbling ruins of their government because all they see are the trappings of power and their personal needs. Never the misery of the people they rule.
not aware" or "I am honest, those who report to me are not." As a supervisor, you are entirely accountable to what your minions do. If this is true in any random private company it is sure for those who claim to be heading nations and governments? And when your reportee has cheated the exchequer of an enormous sum of money, you are accountable for it. And you better stand up and say that - as party head and government head. Instead what we see is theatrics, conspiracy theories, lengthy articles on the integrity of the Prime Minister, a quasi leadership that is forever
Malaysia Airlines’ Multi-Billion Ringgit Losses: Social Care Foundation’s Robert Phang urges the Attorney-General to explain
by Leven Woon Zheng Yang@www.malaysiakini.com
Attorney-general (AG) Abdul Gani Patail has been called to explain allegations implicating him for the lack of action over Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) multi-billion ringgit losses.
Social Care Foundation chairperson Robert Phang Miow Sin (left) said records and pictures from a whistleblower website of Abdul Gani together with an individual said to be close to former MAS chairperson Tajuddin Ramli have added a different dimension to the controversy.
Phang, who is also a member of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) consultative and advisory panel, said Abdul Gani may see adverse public speculation over his connection to the issue if he ignored the allegations.
Phang was responding to the emergence of photographs on news portalMalaysia Today, showing Abdul Gani together with one Shahidan Shafie during their recent haj pilgrimage to Mecca.
Abdul Gani’s relationship with Shahidan was a close one, Malaysia Todayalleged further, as reflected in the former’s early exit from a Malaysia Day function last September to accompany Shahidan to the hospital when the latter’s child suffered an accident.
Does the Home minister suffer from a sense of denial? What is it that prohibits him from realising the seriousness of Kausikan’s comments that “Najib has his neck on the line in connection with a high-profile murder case.”I don't get it - how can the leaders (designated and quasi) of the government with the despicable "most corrupt government ever" tag be honest? It beats me. Can someone enlighten?
Nurul Izzah Anwar in Kuala Lumpur. She is the youngest person to hold a leadership post in the party of her father, Anwar Ibrahim.
KUALA LUMPUR — When Nurul Izzah Anwar was elected last month to one of the senior leadership posts in the People’s Justice Party at the age of 30, she became the youngest person to hold such a position in the Malaysian party’s history.
Her success in contesting one of the four vice president positions came just two years after she was elected to Parliament, but her public image has been more than a decade in the making and is inextricably tied to one ofMalaysia’s most recognizable politicians.
The eldest daughter of Anwar Ibrahim, Ms. Nurul Izzah traces her political birth back more than a decade, to when Mr. Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, was jailed on charges of sodomy and abuse of power.
The jailing of Mr. Anwar, who was released in 2004 after the sodomy charges were overturned, was a pivotal event in his transformation into the leader of Malaysia’s opposition. It also propelled Ms. Nurul Izzah, just 18 at the time of her father’s arrest, into public life, beginning with an impassioned plea for her father’s freedom before the U.N.Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.
Now, as her father, who was re-elected to Parliament in 2008, faces a second sodomy trial that he denounces as a government conspiracy to thwart his political return, Ms. Nurul Izzah’s own political star is rising. Her recent victory has cemented her position as a key player in the People’s Justice Party, which her father founded and of which her mother, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, is president.
“I don’t think after going through 1998 it would be possible to retreat back to a nonpolitical life,” Ms. Nurul Izzah said, referring to her father’s first arrest.
While some analysts view her election to one of the party’s top posts as an important step toward emerging from her father’s shadow, others take it as a sign that Mr. Anwar’s family is engaging in dynastic politics.
In an interview in the opposition offices of the Malaysian Parliament, Ms. Nurul Izzah, the only one of Mr. Anwar’s six children to follow their parents into political life, insisted on her independence.
“Of course I love my father dearly, but at the end of the day, I am a legislator in my own right,” she said. “I have to fight my own wars, and I have my community and constituents to serve. I am answerable to them.”
She emphasized that she was not appointed but rather elected by the party’s members after campaigning against 17 contenders for the four vice-presidential posts.
“I am proud of the fact that we had to fight,” she said of the internal party contest. “I believe the fact that we have implemented direct elections as a way to choose our leaders was the best way to celebrate democracy in the party and to prove that no one particular individual can hold sway in terms of affecting the decisions or the outcomes.”
She also said that campaigning for her father’s freedom had been her own decision, and not the result of family pressure. “It was the right thing to do,” she said.
It was her work with human rights organizations as well as her father’s arrest, she said, that gave her an understanding of “the things that matter in Malaysia — the state of our judiciary, the state of our civil and political liberties,” and convinced her that politics offered an opportunity to effect change.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering in Malaysia, Ms. Nurul Izzah completed a master’s in international relations at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
She returned to Malaysia in 2007 and was coordinating the People’s Justice Party’s activities in Lembai Pantai, a suburban Kuala Lumpur constituency, when the party asked her to run for Parliament in the 2008 election.
“I had just had a baby then, but in a sense, that was an important move, I felt, in trying to garner support from our young voters,” said Ms. Nurul Izzah, who has two children with her husband, Raja Ahmad Shahrir, who works for the management consulting firm Accenture.
She defeated the three-term incumbent Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who is now the minister for women, family and community development, contributing to impressive gains by the opposition and, for the first time in nearly four decades, the governing party’s loss of the two-thirds parliamentary majority needed to amend the Constitution.
Her father’s most recent tribulations inevitably give rise to the question of whether Ms. Nurul Izzah could eventually step into his shoes as leader of the opposition.
As his second sodomy trial proceeds, the People’s Justice Party has said that there is a succession plan in the event that Mr. Anwar is jailed again. It has been a turbulent season for him. Last week, he was suspended from Parliament for six months for linking the government’s “1 Malaysia” national unity program with a similar campaign in Israel.
While Ms. Nurul Izzah said the party must “prepare for the worst,” she sidestepped the question of whether she could be a possible successor to her father. “It’s not about me or what role I would play, but what’s our strategy moving forward,” she said.
Ong Kian Ming, a political analyst and lecturer at UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur, believes that Mr. Anwar would continue to be the party’s de facto leader even if he returns to prison, and that the next step for Ms. Nurul Izzah would probably be the deputy presidency. If her mother stepped down from the presidency, the current deputy, Azmin Ali, would normally be next in line, but Ms. Nurul Izzah could always challenge him for the top job, Mr. Ong said.
“She’s at the forefront of a small group of leaders who can and will replace Anwar eventually,” he said.
Bridget Welsh, an associate professor of political science at Singapore Management University who taught Ms. Nurul Izzah at Johns Hopkins, said her leadership potential was evident early on. But despite the “small steps” Ms. Nurul Izzah has taken to distance herself from her father, Ms. Welsh said she was still “perceived rightly or wrongly as her father’s daughter” and must blaze her own political path.
Mr. Ong said that any critics within the party had so far kept any resentments about her rapid rise to themselves, and that the young politician had yet to be vigorously tested by internal or external opponents.
“She’s not really been put through the fire,” Mr. Ong said. “It will be interesting to see how she responds when that moment of political crisis comes about, and it will come.”
Ms. Nurul Izzah has repeatedly stressed the need to overcome ethnic and religious divisions in Malaysia, where tensions periodically flare, like the firebombing of places of worship early this year.
She has warned that Malaysia is at risk of becoming a “failed state” if it does not address such tensions and take on issues like the quality of the country’s universities, corruption and laws that prevent free speech.
While her rise through the party’s ranks has been rapid, overcoming such challenges is likely to require a sustained effort. But Ms. Nurul Izzah emphasizes that she is in for the long haul.
“In terms of promoting and advocating reform,” she said, “I think it should be a lifelong struggle.”