(“What is the difference between a statesman and a politician?… A statesman does what he believes is best for his country, a politician does what best gets him re-elected” – Mikhail Gorbachev)
(How to determine who is a real statesman? Cartoon source: http://www.zanetti.net.au)
Who is Dr M, really?
Rocky calls him the Statesman and the DPM even goes on to say:-
“…for us (in the Barisan Nasional), we place priority on human values and give due respect to a statesman who has sacrificed a lot for the country, no matter what his views may be on various issues”
To many of the younger generations like me, Dr M was THE best Prime Minister todate (we did not “experience” Malaysia under the previous Prime Ministers although some would say Tunku Abdul Rahman’s time was still best of all). Pak Lah started off well but he was more known for his in-actions (famously his sleepiness) instead of for his actions.
Najib have good ideas (in fact, he have great ideas and putting Idris Jala in charge of the improvement on the delivery system was one of them) but implementation of those ideas is yet to be seen in real action (all that is needed is for some NGOs to make noise, implementation of solid ideas is scaled back).
So, for many of us, there is no doubt that if one to ask about the statesman who is still alive, the majority of the answer would be Dr M – he has done a lot of positive things for this country (he has done a lot of negative things for the country as well). But lately, Dr M has been in the news for the wrong reasons (read this and this– it is hilarious), so much so, a reader in Malaysiakini commented:-
We’ll hail Dr M as statesman when he behaves like one…
That made the quote of the day…
It’s good to hear Dr M is out of the hospital but it will do a lot good for the country as whole if he leaves the dirty politics to those in power and work towards a stronger and united Malaysia as a true statesman.