No way to compromise
No compromise, Ambiga wants Kiandee out as PAC chief was mentioned today in an article.
And many would have keeping mumps on two issues dominating the news as we start a new year in 2019, at least here in our country are ‘the dancing gala and paper qualifications’.
And everyone knows that ‘politicians’ are said to be ‘twisters cum tweeters’.
We need leaders who are not only competent but also trustworthy thus credibility is the bedrock of leadership.
We have to hold ourselves up to higher standards of public accountability and transparency.
This is not just ‘warung’ or coffee stalls tale. This is the way all generations prior to the current one were schooled.
Not just concerning politics, but in all things involving human interactions, including educations, business, international affairs and even marriage.
No one gets everything they want. Half a solution is better than no solution at all.
To schooling students, getting a pass is better than failings.
People holding positions are mostly stubborn and rigid, most of the time the right one will often do more harm than good.
It is also sometime said a bad deal is really worse than no deal at all, but not all the time.
One of the many great things about Malaysia, our country and its politics has always been the pragmatism of its people, and by extension its elected representatives.
It is often seen that, anything within the limits of a moral and ethical framework, can be compromised so as to make it works for ‘them’.
Practice is better than theory and thus emerged the philosophical term called pragmatism.
To someone who had read law, the judiciary ethics had mentioned of what should be right or wrong.
To compromise is allowing for both new terms and revising what could be done or not.
If the ethical terms is too complicated and the emotions too raw to allow for a grand bargain to be accomplished all at once, then we should do it one step at a time.
Layman like myself are delighted to see people of different opinions and backgrounds coming together to reach an agreement, even an imperfect one.
In voting on any issue, especially one as important as the ethical reasoning and responsibility is a good sign, not an indication of weakness or lack of conviction.
We need leaders in government and business and unions to be willing to do some
compromising to get things done and move on to the next challenge.
Malaysian does have many people with the fine art of conversation, intellectuals to design and implement creative collaborative solutions especially the Malaysian National Council of Professors.
As some had mentioned, to be a politician or even at ministerial level, the lawmaker does not have to a have degree, masters or PhD either from local or foreign universities.
It is not stated in the requirements of being a MP or DUN candidateship.
Anyone can become a lawmaker after going for PRK or PRU election should they win.
Or being elected for the Dewan Negara and holds the ‘senatorship’.
It is also noted that ‘paper qualifications’ is not a requirement for someone to be candidate as mentioned in the papers by the Malaysian Election Commission.
Once you have that, the office is there for you, and there you are a Minister or Deputy Minister.
This does not mean that you have to surrender your personal convictions and always level the decision-making process to the lowest common denominator.
This does not mean everyone is unhappy because they only get half a solution.
But it does mean that effective leaders have to keep an open mind and be able to identify the greater good and the lesser of two bad solutions, and then make a timely choice, in good faith, to the best of their ability.
Negotiated solutions are almost always preferred to unilateral ones.
Democracy is a messy process. But it is the best one we have.
Let’s make it work better going forward and demonstrate statesmanship and the art of compromise.
Azizi Ahmad is a senior educator Tue, Mar 26, 12:38 PM