Elected representatives unanimous on need for cooler heads


  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Jun 2015

PETALING JAYA: More elected representatives back the urgent need to dial the political tension down a notch for the sake of all Malaysians.

PKR lawmaker Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the fact that ordinary Malaysians, including youths, were struggling to cope with loss of jobs and higher cost of living seemed to be lost on politicians.

“I am not saying we should overlook or ignore corruption, wastage or issues of justice and fairness.

“But this 30 days of self-reflection can be used to take stock of how we can move forward for the sake of the nation,” said the Seri Setia assemblyman, who is also Selangor speaker.

Shah Alam PAS MP Khalid Samad said there was no reason for politicians to get very personal in voicing their remarks when debating issues.

“Not all disputes are destructive. In politics, differences in opinions are normal but arguments should not escalate to personal attacks,” he said.

Temerloh PAS MP Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi urged his political colleagues to use Ramadan as an opportunity to spread goodwill.

“This is a time to strengthen ties and show tolerance to avoid animosity.

“We should bring down the political temperature,” he said.

Former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said the Malaysian political scene could only improve when our politicians start being more civil towards each other.

“It’s the nature of politics to be adversarial but that doesn’t mean we can’t be civil,” he said.

Zaid said he doubted anything could change in the course of 30 days.

“What’s needed is change in political culture and values by all sides,” he said.

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