Datuk Seri Najib said any differences within the Barisan Nasional must not be discussed openly or publicised.
Why not? The party members need to know. They, too, may have the right idea to cool down any heated sentiments among all 12 BN component parties. Letting it just to the top leaders to find amicable solutions would be time-consuming and unsatisfactory.
However, it is becoming a trend nowadays for leaders to speak up on anything sensitive without having to consider its impact later on. More and more leaders, be it from Umno, MCA, MIC, Gerakan or any party, including the Oppositions, are finding it easy to lash out at anything about religion, race, ethnic etc.
So much so, the whole political platform is turning into an arena for everybody to say whatever they wish. Forget about sensitivities as the leaders themselves are not advocating to what should be termed as 'the Code of Tounge'.
The rakyat is turning such a scenario into opportunity to launch personal, religious and racial attacks among them. What is there to worry? The police is always there to act should anything gets out of control. That is the general perception now.
Malaysians had all these while stayed numb over many boiling issues. They didnt dare to speak their downrights because of the 'leadership by example'. When the top guns didnt say anything, the rest will keep quiet too.
Unfortunately, things have changed. As to whether we should call it liberal or not, some politicians have set the precedent by launching verbal abuse at each other. Yes, it amused the people who often look up at the parliamentarians as a bunch of clowns for their misbehaviour at the Dewan Rakyat.
Maybe Najib got a point there. He didnt want the ruling party to be damaged by unscrupulous leaders who usually will admit that whatever they said did not reflect the true stand of his party, and that it was merely personal.
But the way they called up or looked out for the Press didnt reflect any 'personal account'. They will speak 'on behalf' of the party, that such an opinion already drew great response from the grassroots.
This are the people who will spoil our image and put Malaysia in an embroil. As the government normally didnt take any action but rather leave it to the president of each component party to settle it, such politicians tend to get more sharp with their words.
The worst scenario is for him to be 'forced' to make a public apology. Even that, few will still defend his words to the fury of those 'politically attacked'. Eventually, it will become a common trait in Malaysian politics. Finally, it will develop into time-bombs.
Are politicians hold any immunity against tough action, i.e the ISA? What's the purpose of ISA then if we fail to comply to its provisions? The ISA may not be that relevant anymore but those who were despatched there are mostly the results of politics, right?