KUALA LUMPUR: Moderation among Malaysia’s politicians is needed, especially across party lines, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
“They need to be more bipartisan when it comes to serving the greater good,” he said.
Saifuddin said it was not right to politicise every issue, as not all matters are political in nature.
“We need to decide when to take a moderate instead of a party stand.
“This will be a welcome change in Parliament,” he said at a press conference after launching a book by moderation advocate Anas Zubedy.
Anas said his book The 10 Principles For Moderate Malaysia was published with the goal to teach Malaysians, especially the younger generation, how to make the new Malaysia better by practising positive principles.
The 10 principles included taking ownership in one’s actions, being thankful, avoiding greed, seeing the best in a situation and being critical of oneself before criticising others.
The others are honesty, treating others as one would like to be treated, embracing diversity, adding value to others and practising mercy.
The book also includes action plans on how to apply those principles, summaries and lessons from eminent Malaysians like founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman and his contemporary Tun V.T. Sambanthan, former Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Malaysia’s first woman minister Tun Fatimah Hashim.
Anas said the figures were examples of people above partisan politics who worked to create a multi-cultural and inclusive Malaysia.
Speaking on a separate development, Saifuddin said the issue of a recent collision between a Malaysian government vessel with a ship was being discussed with his Singaporean counterparts.
The ministry maintains that the collision occurred in Malaysian waters, while Singapore claims it occurred in its territorial waters.
“It’s common when neighbours share a backyard that there will be some disagreement about who did what in whose yard,” said Saifuddin.
On Saturday, Malaysian authorities impounded Greek-flagged bulk carrier Pireas and detained its crew after a collision with Malaysian boat Polaris.
Singapore maritime authorities said the incident happened as the Greek vessel was headed to a port in Johor, and it was allowed to continue its journey as the accident was not serious.
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