Former federal minister Zaid Ibrahim expressed in a tweet that Malaysia needs an ethical leader, not a religious one for a change.
“Politicians who use religion for politics are seldom ethical,” said Zaid, noting that several leaders from PAS had flouted SOPs. These include Kedah menteri besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, whose reckless act of viewing and test-driving a pick-up truck in Juru last month during the movement control order went viral.
Even though Sanusi was eventually compounded for his offense, it failed to appease many who accused the government of double standards as the RM 1,500 fine was viewed as paltry and only issued much later. There was also a lack of remorse by Sanusi, which drew more ire from the public who feel that he should have been slapped with a harsher punishment and even be made to step down.
Hence, Zaid said that our politicians do many things that others don’t and called for ethical leaders who are accountable and responsible to come forward and focus on the people.
However, the biggest problem of appointing an ethical leader is summed up in Zaid's next question.
“Where do we find one?”, he asks.
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