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The merits of resigning …

Former chief editor of the New Straits Times group and veteran writer Kadir Jasin recently wrote in his blog in his personal capacity that voluntary resignation was an option for leaders implicated in scandals.

In the context of the sex video which is alleged to feature Economics Minister Azmin Ali, Kadir said it served as a litmus test and whether Pakatan Harapan leaders would “do the right thing”.

Kadir’s suggestion merits consideration. In a democratically elected government, the leaders are ultimately accountable to the people. People elect leaders based on what they say, stand for and the image they project. It is the responsibility of the leaders to honestly present all the facts about themselves so that the people know who they are voting for.

If for whatever reason, a leader withholds a fact about himself or herself or about a past misdeed or a current association which he or she knows fully well will influence the vote or support for him or her, that leader betrays the trust of the supporters.

That personal characteristic or deed may not be wrong but if it’s unacceptable to the people and the leader knows that bringing it out to the open would risk the loss of support, and he or she keeps it hidden, that leader fails in honouring the trust of the people who put him or her in public office in the first place.

As Kadir pointed out in his blog, many leaders who know the pulse of their supporters have resigned when their secrets became public knowledge.

Whether a leader resigns or not depends on the high moral standards he or she holds to. A person with high morals will resign as in the case of the examples Kadir gave in his blog. (The case of Lord John Dennis Prufumo who was sacked and later jailed for having an affair with a call girl was the famous example he listed.)

One with lower moral standards may not as in the case of former US President Bill Clinton who is known for operating in the grey areas of morality.

When it became public knowledge that he had sex with an intern while in office in the White Office, Clinton hung on to his position. It kicked up a storm of public protests but he weathered it and held on to his position with only a slight slap on the knuckles in the form of impeachments for perjury and obstruction of justice. He was acquited of both charges because the Senate was unable to get a two-thirds majority for conviction.

Clinton stayed in office, but the damage was done. He will go down in history — despite his accomplishments — as the president who had a sexual affair with a 22-year-old intern. In addition, the Democrats lost the subsequent elections — a loss which was largely attributed to his affair.

Malaysia is currently making history. We threw out a corrupt regime and we need to make sure that the leaders we install have the trust of the people. Our leaders need to ask: What will history say of us?

Historians are going to thoroughly examine what transpires now to record them as historical facts for posterity. Generations to come are going to study about the history that is unfolding right before our eyes. History will not lie. So, if leaders have been implicated in scandals, resignation is an honourable option if they don’t want salacious or criminal facts about themselves to be recorded in history books!

Resignation does not mean an admission of guilt; it simply says the leader assumes responsibility for himself/herself and those involved or associated with and puts the voters and the nation before one’s own interests.

Getting out of the hot soup would give the leader the chance to take stock and gain clarity. Whether the scandal is a crime or a moral issue, or whether he or she is an active participant or one by association, the leader will be able to change and reposition himself or herself according to the expectations of the voters.

At a future date, that leader can seek reelection. If the past scandal comes up again, the leader can honestly and confidently declare he or she is no longer associated with it; it’s history, not where he or she is now.

There is always a chance for a comeback if people believe in one’s honesty.

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All this noise we can do without

Phew! Latheefa Koya must be sighing in relief now that the spotlight on her appointment as chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been deflected to Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali purportedly involved in a gay sex video.

She can now get on with her job! In the first place, her appointment is a non-issue. It only became an issue because it was played up by the opposition-held media whose owners and supporters were most to lose from her appointment. A number of Barisan Nasional politicians –from the former government — are under MACC investigation and no-nonsense Latheefa can be expected to ensure justice is done and criminals charged.

Her appointment by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad raised a cloud of criticisms on the grounds that it was unilaterally made without going through the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) and that it was a political appointment because she was a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) member. She, however, left the party before taking up her new appointment.

As the PM has clarified, the PSC has yet to be formalised because a two-thirds majority is required to amend the constitution to make the process of going through the PSC legal and binding. Currently, the Pakatan Harapan government has no two-thirds majority and until that happens, the PM makes the decisions on top-level appointments.

The Prime Minister made the right decision regarding Latheefa because he is aware that the civil service has been compromised by decades of Umno-fed political patronage and it would be hard to find someone who can maintain neutrality in that culture. He wisely chose someone from outside such a culture who will be neutral and get the job done as swiftly as possible. Latheefa fits the bill.

Should she fail to be impartial, there are many people out there who are ready to train their guns on her. She has no choice but to be neutral. It is also imperative that she settles all the 1MDB-connected cases within her two-year tenure. Knowing the civil service mentality, Tun picked someone who will prioritize all the corruption cases and develop an anti-corruption culture in government.

Tun knows the civil service mind of giving in or giving up and taking it easy when the stress gets to them especially when an issue gets dragged out too long and when it involves familiar people. He wants someone who will prioritize the corruption cases and settle all or most of the corruptions cases before he leaves for good. Latheefa is, of course, expected to deliver.

The PM made no mistake in choosing Latheefa for the post of MACC chief. The fact that the opposition-orchestrated controversy has died down — thanks to Azmin’s alleged sex video — only proves it has no substance. It’s just a lot of political noise.

Another dose of political noise taking over the public sphere is the controversy over the video of two men intimate in bed. One of the men has declared it is indeed him in the video and identified the other as Azmin.

What? Kissing and telling now? If he regrets his action, he should just quietly repent between him and God, and change his behaviour.

What is so righteous about accusing the very person with whom you committed an immoral act? If it weren’t immoral to you why expose it for political gain? To destroy Azmin’s political career and, perhaps, cast aspersions on the Prime Minister for seeing him as an ally? To bring an opponent down, just follow the due process — not resort to gutter politics and underhanded tactics.

Will he achieve his goal or is this just a case of creating a little fire in the hope it will turn wild? And the confessor is willing to go to shameless lengths for it? Azmin may weather this controversy simply because he is a pawn in a ploy to bring him down. The PM, recognizing this as nothing but a desperate political manoeuvre, has dismissed the video as fake.

The public should regard this as just a little fire and ignore it, too. Don’t watch the video, Regard it as noise we can do without. What the confessor did was immoral. To engage in scurrilous activity and then use it to turn on your partner, I have no words to describe such treachery. (I have not mentioned the confessor’s name because it is best that he remains persona non grata.)

All may be fair in love and war … and politics, but as we head towards a developed nation status, the public expects our politicians to advance likewise in mentality and demonstrate basic decency in the way they play the game for power. Even in politics, those who know which boundaries not to cross go further. The people can see and we must make a stand against gutter politics. ┬áSo, don’t watch these sex videos. I haven’t and don’t intend to. When such gimmicks are lost on us, the perpetrators will realise they no longer have any currency and eventually stop such activities.