cakap cakap…in Australia.
Selamat Pagi Malaysia.
The overriding sentiments that I am confronted with in Australia when my attention is directed towards politics, Covid 19 or any other circumstance that requires me to ask if the powers that be in Australia are doing what is best for those of us living in Australia and for Australia itself, is simply this – Can I be rest assured that meritocracy rules? The short answer is “Yes I can”.
When the Australian government announces any MCO, inform us of their purchase of Covid 19 vaccines, put in place hard borders protocol that does not allow interstate movement, or announce stimulus and economic measures to assist businesses and Australians who are doing it tough because of the pandemic, I know that all these initiatives are being done to benefit those most in need. Meritocracy rules.
If mistakes are made by the decision-makers, they will be held to account. There are checks and balances in place to ensure that this is so. Australians go on with the business of living their lives to the best of their abilities during these trying pandemic times knowing that what the government can do to make things better, the government will do.
All this is nothing out of the ordinary. The business of government is done by politicians who understand, that in all the things that they do, they are answerable to Parliament, the Media, and the people – and not necessarily in that order of urgency.
Does that mean that politicians do not have a vested interest in the things that they do in the name of government? Does that mean that politicians here are never corrupt? Let me answer that in this way: Six years ago, Barry O’Farrell, NSW Premier, resigned after being caught out over a bottle of wine that he had denied receiving. If a premier had to resign over a bottle of wine, albeit an expensive bottle of wine, you will have a fair idea of the standards politicians are expected to adhere to in Australia.
Australia is not perfect. The government of the day is not without blemish. The prime minister and his ministers do, from time to time, make mistakes…blunders even. But this much I know and am certain of. The business of government is conducted with as much integrity, responsibility, and accountability as can be expected by politicians whose duty of care is first and foremost to the people who have elected them to government and to the Nation that they serve.
These are simple truths that Australians and those of us who live here, expect any government of Australia to live by. And more binding, we insist, that these are principles that all politicians here, must live by. If any politician stray, they will be held accountable. Ponder on these realities and ask yourself “Where did we go wrong in Malaysia?”