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frogs1From My messages shall I cause to turn away all those who, without any right, behave haughtily on earth: for, though they may see every sign [of the truth], they do not believe in it, and though they may see the path of rectitude, they do not choose to follow it – whereas, if they see a path of error, they take it for their own: this, because they have given the lie to Our messages, and have remained heedless of them.

AL-A’RAF (146)

PARTY HOPPING

LOYALTY must have a special meaning in Perak politics for their politicians to be hopping around like drunken frogs. Integrity, of which loyalty is an aspect, must be a bad word in Perak because nobody seems to be saying that party hopping shows a lack of personal as well as political integrity.

The Pakatan Rakyat leadership of course sees party hopping as an acceptable political strategy. Even the Barisan Nasional leadership has said it welcomes hoppers into UMNO and the other component parties.

Don’t our leaders see that party hopping is unethical and immoral?

Besides showing a lack of loyalty and commitment to a cause or party one has chosen to be a member of, it also opens up a range of social ills like lying, bribery, slander and legal entanglements.

What’s the point of establishing the National Institute of Integrity and making integrity a tag line if you don’t understand the first thing about the concept of integrity?

What’s the point of making the eradication of corruption a platform if you don’t see party hopping as a serious form of corruption?

To me, integrity is the very antithesis of corruption. In fact it is the antidote to corruption. There is a strong correlation between the two.

You cannot eradicate corruption in society without establishing a strong sense of personal integrity among the people.

Corruption in UMNO and the other political parties can only be eradicated when their members understand what integrity is and live by it.

To me, integrity is a composite concept which subsumes simpler moral attributes like honesty, uprightness, sincerity, trustworthiness as well as keeping one’s word and loyalty.

Whether at the personal or political level, one cannot compromise one’s integrity!

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  1. 1 ocho-onda
    February 5, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Hi halimah,

    I am on the learning curve as well and am still getting the hang of the features ! I posted a reply to your comment in my blog earlier but it seemed to have been lost in transmission ! 🙂
    In answer to your comment, I think it is a shame that the political situation in Malaysia has reached to such a sad state!
    Party cross overs should be banned as they do not seem to serve any good except to destabilize any government that is formed with a slim majority.

  2. 2 ol' zai
    February 6, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Very good article, Ninitalk, and timely too! So pleased to see your letter both appearing in the Star and the Sun! You have done well to put across your thoughts on the latest show of moral misconduct – party-hopping – in a terse yet pointed manner, and to nail those wayward,wavering politicians involved!

    I agree with your argument that party-hopping (party leap-frogging??) shows a lack of personal as well as political integrity. It is indeed disturbing to think that we have irresponsible leaders who possess no sense of loyalty, nor honour, nor integrity, ..to imagine that we have turncoats among our politicians (both in the Government and in the Opposition) who bear no allegiance whatsoever to the respective party/people who voted them into power!

    The root evil is of course the lure of money politics! Hopefully, the MACC will step up its efforts to fight corruption more effectively. The National Institute of Integrity should play a greater role and be consistently proactive in heightening public awareness on the real meaning and understanding of Integrity, this elusive concept which has all to do with upholding the ‘right’ code of conduct and moral principles which will inspire trust and respect from others. Perhaps it is also time for the Government to seriously consider the need to enact the much talked-about Anti-Hopping Law in order to stop the present ‘shenanigan’ being staged on the political scene by our self-serving wakil rakyat!!

  3. 3 ninitalk
    February 6, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Great points ol zai!
    I don’t know if it’s possible or constitutional to have an anti-hopping law as such. There are genuine cases of members of a party or organisation who just don’t want to remain in the group because they are disillusioned with the leaders or the cause. You can’t really stop them from changing ship!

    But they should not be allowed to hang on to the position or privileges they enjoyed in the former ship in the new ship – if you get what I mean! And they shouldn’t be allowed to return to the former ship for a period of say 3-5 years, that is until they show that they are genuine about wanting to return.

    In politics especially, party loyalty needs to be tested not only in the elections but in the day-to-day issues, even the trivial ones. You may dislike certain leaders and their policies and the way to do it is to be constructively critical, not destructively vicious – this Nini thinks


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