IS this “the first of its kind” event in Malaysia? Whether it is or not, it is an occasion of pride that a Malaysian corporate leader has emulated the highest level of integrity and accountability (normally seen in developed countries).
Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid (pic), the CEO of MRT Corp, resigned to take responsibility for the unfortunate collapse of the massive overhead concrete span at the MRT construction site near Sg Buloh, which killed three workers.
Azhar has created a precedent for accountability by a leader and should be given the highest recognition for such a magnanimous act.
The resignation may not be much consolation to the families of the unfortunate victims, but Azhar’s act warrants the respect and commendation of all citizens who, I believe, have often felt disgusted at the disregard for the apparent lack of integrity and accountability in so many incidents in the past, whether in the corporate environment, state and Federal level governance, or in the political arena.
He has certainly set the bar high through his principled action, and he and his family can justifiably bask in the glory of having shown such high principles.
This incident is a wonderful example of what I feel is consistent with The Star’s aspiration in trying to inculcate a truly Malaysian spirit in the national psyche through its “Brave Views, Bold Ideas, Keeping it open, rational and moderate.” campaign.
I hope that Azhar’s action will get fair exposure in The Star’s campaign and will serve as an example to others who may find themselves in similar circumstances.
I suggest The Star highlight more such examples of worthy actions that demonstrate not only compliance with, but “going the extra mile” in upholding such professional principles in the corporate and governance spheres, to give due credit to deserving organisations and agencies.