POST US VISIT
Three weeks of travelling across the US with a tight schedule was a challenging assignment…
I was in the midst of the excitement of the mid-term election. The change of rein in Congress was thoroughly expected. That was the result of changes being forced on a party that refused to change its ways. The antiwar sentiment was high. Some analysts opined that Americans chose Democrats not because they had a better plan but because Republican’s foreign policy and tactics had failed in Iraq and that voters wanted to send a very strong signal to President Bush. US politics had its fair share of scandal, administrative mismanagement, and corruption, but the avenues to fight them were lots more available compared to Malaysia.
Her first class mentality allows free mingling of ideas; it is refreshing to watch the open debates between candidates that gave voters to personally assess and evaluate their candidates and talk of bipartisan cooperation was even viewed positively by politicians from both parties, the President included.
I found it interesting that the DPM used the term I used in my policy speech previously, transformational leadership, in his opening address to the Wanita, Pemuda, and Puteri delegates. His idea painted mostly what transformational leadership should achieve. The live telecast of the UMNO meet gave the public sufficient information as to the real nature of UMNO’s vision and mission in upholding the interests of the status quo in any circumstance and its disregard of changes that were happening at home and globally. There was little or no intellectual discussion as to what was just and fair for the people and minorities under a changed circumstance.
My idea of transformational leadership was to uphold VALUES, not interests, which would strengthen the mechanisms that supported the nation and country for centuries and beyond. A leadership that would take care of the welfare of all the peoples of Malaysia, NOT just only a particular group of people or members of a particular political ideology or for interests or short-term interests of a particular elite group. I believe that leaders of transformational leadership would begin by first correcting themselves relentlessly before embarking on a transformational leadership crusade.