Where are all the leaders?


Good afternoon readers,

Now some of you may not know but last Saturday there was a demonstration for clean elections in KL, called Bersih 3.0 or Clean 3.0.

I have no issues with the rally, I believe that they should have the right to voice out their concern, after all, they are the concerns of the people, and isn’t it the governments job to serve the people? Are they not public servant? I’m not here to comment about who is at fault for the violence, whether it was the cops or rogue Bersih supporters, there’s just too much controversy there, but what I am especially disappointed by is the lack of leadership.

You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Last Saturday made me think about one thing, Where are all the leaders?

Being a leader doesn’t mean hanging a title or having a group to lead, anyone can be a leader. A leader is someone who stands up for what he believes in, who rises above. So what happened to the peaceful rally? Who sparked the “fire”? We will never really know will we, but where were the leaders when their people needed them?

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership
Nelson Mandela

Why did the KL mayor cause so much tension, it is his city after all, he could’ve let Bersih happen. Why didn’t the top cop give the permit? Why? Because we no longer have leaders in these positions of power but puppets. Politicians have forgotten that they are nothing but glorified public servants. Yes they run the government, but we elect them.

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
Benjamin Disraeli

And no, this isn’t a rant about BN only, why couldn’t the Bersih organisers control the situation? Why did the guy break the barrier? Whether it was ordered by Anwar or not is a controversy of it’s own, but Anwar and co. should have had the supporters controlled, it showed a major lack of leadership on their behalf. Sorry, did they say that they wanted want to lead the country?

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore M. Hesburgh

I am so damn disappointed at the void of leadership that has only grown, our political parties are more interested in power and getting rich instead of doing what’s right. Yes I acknowledge that all politicians are pretty much corrupt and will take a little of the top, but at least “earn” the “bonus” or “commission” you’re stealing/siphoning. Our leaders have forgotten that though they get the glory and props when the make a good move, they must also be accountable and take responsibility when shit hits the fan. That is what being a leader means. But I digress.

The price of greatness is responsibility.
Winston Churchill

What I am worried about is the lack of leadership for the future of this country. The old guard has grown… senile. We are a young, growing country and we need a leader who thinks about more than him/herself. Someone dynamic, someone beyond racial politics, someone who thinks himself Malaysian first before his “race”, someone who isn’t worried (too much) about what’s good for his career but about what is good for the country, some who can produce results. I’m happy that we’re going to go through a major rail development in the next decade but we are going to need more than that. We are going to need sustainable growth to achieve our goals and compete with the big boys.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams

Right now I don’t see anyone with the guts and brains, but I have faith that someone will step up. Because having faith is better than being a pessimist, always.

Straight from the Heart,

Arkay 6



1 Comment

  1. I was thinking about the violence at Bersih 3.0 too. Any non-violent protest is subject to individuals who may support the cause but not the methods to get there. Bersih organizers took a risk. They counted on the public’s ability to self regulate, and they did till a minority decided otherwise. What I find difficult to determine is the impetus for breaching the barriers. Packed like sardines on a momentous day for Malaysian civic involvement, I would imagine that mob mentality was inevitable. I speculate that those who charged at the security forces believed that Dataran was theirs to use to begin with, and saw no harm in following up on that instinct. In response to them, the riot police responded with tear gas and water cannons laced with irritant causing chemicals, not to mention physical brutality on the protesters which was used even in the absence of a struggle.
    On a lighter note, I’m glad that the violence occurred after the crowd was told to disperse. If anything, Bersih’s organization was commendable. The majority of the crowd maintained their sole purpose- to arrive, duduk bantam, then balk rumah- despite difficult access to LRT stations.
    With regards to leadership capabilities, I think Bersih has been a leader in creating public awareness on the importance to ensure that each vote counts. I know I certainly have been learning about my role as a citizen from the actions of Bersih.

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