Wednesday, August 01, 2007
A Prince Called Raja Nazrin Shah
I'd say that the Raja Muda of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah is the man of the moment for me. Has been that for me for quite sometime since I heard him say in April that Malaysia belongs to all Malaysians equally, and all have an equal right and responsibility to take ownership of their country and its future.
He's been making statements that I thought were honest, direct and forthright since.
My kind of man, I mean, prince, I thought.
Well, those statements Raja Nazrin had been making ought to come from elected leaders.
Just yesterday, he said that people "with a chequered past or clear evidence of questionable morality should be prevented from taking office".
Hear! hear! How I ditto, second, support that statement.
Raja Nazrin was speaking at a lecture "Towards A Decent Social Order For All Malaysians" at the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur.
The lecture centred on the works of the late Prof Datuk Syed Husein Alatas.
Raja Nazrin further said that "figures in authority must be chosen for their integrity first and qualification second."
Here's part of the Bernama story.
Raja Nazrin said corruption was mankind's most deadly social disease, as it could undermine good governance, weaken institutional foundations, distort public policy, compromise the rule of law and constrain the economy.
He said corruption curbed competitiveness to the detriment of economic and social development, led to tremendous misallocation of resources, and made the cost of doing business become unacceptably high.
"Corruption exists because of man's enduring desire for personal gain.
"Once corruption becomes widespread, it will no longer seem immoral and unlawful - just business as usual," he said.
He said there must be concrete anti-corruption measures and management practices based on efficiency, transparency and accountability.
Unnecessary or complex regulations and licensing requirements should be discarded or simplified to discourage `under-the-table' deals, he said.
Well, I see some people having no right being in their current positions, if we practise what Raja Nazrin is preaching.
But...aah. I don't see that happening.
The prince said more. So click here and here to read.