Rafidah: Important nation does not suffer from instability


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 Mar 2016

PETALING JAYA: It is important that the nation does not suffer as a result of political instability, said former International Trade Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

"Every action usually triggers a reaction, as such it is important that we consider thoroughly everything we want to do and every action we contemplate taking. The reactions may not even be worth our taking the initial action, as the fallout may be beyond expectation and even unmanageable," said Rafidah.

She added in a Facebook post on Thursday that Malaysians had not reached a stage where businesses and society at large are unfazed as to who heads the government.

Rafidah said this would happen when the various institutions and structures in the system are so well oiled in the context of governance, that they can efficiently operate without the usual rigmarole of "Government".

"Elected politicians come and go. Political parties come and go. Yet, the economy and country continues to grow. Perhaps one day, when such a situation has evolved we may see less and less of the kind of politics and politicking we are witnessing now. A political environment which breeds  uncertainty, concern and the kind of "guessing game " that is the antithesis of stability," said Rafidah.

She said that Malaysia's good economy and social foundation was now being tarnished by unwelcome political muck.

"It is so draining of energy and distracting our focus. Unless cleared, the political muck will be a bane for Malaysia. People will not be bothered to see beyond that, to see the country as it really is - as a competitive investment location and a very well-endowed vacation destination with renowned ecotourism attractions and healthcare services," said Rafidah.

She questioned who would bother to visit Malaysia when the only publicity the country got was about "endless political shenanigans, infighting and power struggles that portray instability."

"We are responsible for shooting ourselves in the foot, for creating our own predicament. And our credibility will continue to be doubted unless we take stock of the situation and repair the damage already done to the country," said Rafidah.

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