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Politics without principles
BY: COLIN GOMEZ
At the height of India’s struggle for independence from the British, freedom fighter Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi, stated that there are Seven Deadly Sins that people must guard against and one of them is politics without principles.
While the Seven Deadly Sins mentioned by Ghandi went on to be a classic for standing on high moral ground, it is worthy for us to just consider in this era why politics must be accompanied by principles.
A politician must be guided by certain principles and he or she must uphold these principles as a guiding light in serving the people and country. Without principles, all is lost and it is therefore important to be principled.
Ghandi chastised politicians who were wayward, self seeking and self serving and he openly stated that upon entry into politics a politician must have his principles developed and ready to be issued to anyone.
Having principles is the crux of a person’s service in politics and a politician must always abide by the principles that he has developed for himself or herself and not stray but to stand by his principled obligations.
If this was the case in Malaysia, the nation would see far greater progress in this nation if politicians of all stripes were to adhere to a set of principles that can transform the people and this country towards being A Great Nation.
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE
** The views expressed on this opinion is of the writer and not the publisher