It seems to me, Malaysian leaders don’t care about their credibility, once they reach the level of leadership.
It seems to me, Malaysian leaders are thick and will go against their very own words, just to stay in power.
Credibility of a leader, may not be the most essential characteristic of a leader, but definitely a crucial factor is helping voters for this person. A person, who is more credible, will more likely get the nod.
We now see Ong Tee Keat going against his own words that he will resign if he lost the Vote of No Confidence Motion at the EGM last 10th October 2009. Tee Keat lost. Whether by one vote or by 1000 votes, a loss is a loss. Had he won by one vote, it is also the same, a victory is a victory irrespective of the margin.
Tee Keat’s decision to stay on as President of the MCA despite his clear and unequivocal words that he will resign is he lost the motion of No Confidence has made him less credible. How are we to trust a man who cant even keep his own words?
But this is a trait common among Barisan Nasional leaders. People who have lost credibility still have the thick skin to demand to stay on.
I recall Najib explaining that Isa’s suspension from UMNO for money politics is merely a technical matter and asked that Isa be given a second chance. Najib asked the people to give Isa a 2nd chance.
But I must say this Mr. Prime Minister - if a man is convicted of a crime, society should consider giving the man a 2nd chance, but when a politician holding posts which involves public accountability, public funds and public utilities, the person must be as credible as possible. Former involvement in corrupt practices will taint his credibility.
The same applies for Tee Keat. He lost the motion of no confidence, and he has said it himself that he will go if he lose. So, as far as I am concern, Tee Keat has lost his credibility by choosing this course of action.