KUALA LUMPUR: The call to tell the truth was not limited to political leaders but applies to everyone, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The advice was given to Barisan Nasional component parties. I also took the opportunity to give the advice to whoever was present, including organisations and associations, he said after tabling Budget 2004 in the Dewan Negara yesterday.
He was elaborating on his call at the MIC convention on Sunday.
Abdullah said the public should also give accurate information if they hoped their leaders would respond to their problems.
Wrong information and wrong intelligence will result in wrong responses, he said.
In Penang, political leaders lauded Abdullahs call, saying it is the right way to solve the peoples problems.
Telling the truth should be the way for all Barisan members and leaders so that appropriate action could be taken, said Penang MCA chairman Wong Kam Hoong.
Wong added that giving the wrong feedback to the leaders would only bring about more problems.
State Umno deputy liaison chief and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Hilmi Yahaya said it had always been their practice to be completely open and frank with the Prime Minister.
Dr Hilmi said leaders on the ground must be honest and tell their top leaders the truth, even if it was bad news, so that the top leaders could make the right decisions.
Penang Gerakan vice-chairman Datuk Dr Toh Kin Woon said there were two sides to telling the truth such as providing the right environment for the people to tell the truth and the leaders readiness to act positively after hearing the truth.
There are many who do not want to tell the truth because they fear repercussions while some just prefer to keep quiet because there are leaders who are not willing to listen to them, he said.
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