Peo­ple want up­right lead­ers, says Perak ruler

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Peo­ple want a lead­er­ship with in­tegrity that will im­prove their lives and make their to­mor­rows bet­ter than their yes­ter­days, said Sul­tan of Perak Sul­tan Nazrin Muiz­zud­din Shah.

“Peo­ple ev­ery­where, I be­lieve, want the same thing – whether they are cit­i­zens of a de­vel­oped West­ern state; whether they are in an emerg­ing econ­omy; or whether they are in a strife­torn third world back­wa­ter – they all want a leader with in­tegrity who will im­prove their lives and make their to­mor­rows bet­ter than their yes­ter­days.”

Cit­ing the on­go­ing US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign, he said the ques­tion of in­tegrity, hon­esty and moral courage were raised by both can­di­dates and Amer­i­cans who go to the polls next week will also have these on their minds when de­cid­ing their next pres­i­dent.

Stat­ing this at the book launch Be­ing Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi: The Au­tho­rised Bi­og­ra­phy yes­ter­day, Sul­tan Nazrin said it was not easy for Tun Ab­dul­lah Badawi to fill a post left by a man who had led the coun­try for 22 years.

“He had a tough act to fol­low, es­pe­cially with Malaysia hav­ing trans­formed from an agrar­ian back­wa­ter to a mod­ern emerg­ing econ­omy,” he said.

He added that Ab­dul­lah faced sev­eral chal­lenges dur­ing his ten­ure, in­clud­ing the Asian fi­nan­cial cri­sis, re­gional po­lit­i­cal tur­moil, in­sta­bil­ity and the gen­eral elec­tion.

He said Ab­dul­lah’s lead­er­ship came with in­tegrity as he came into of­fice with an im­age of Mr Nice Guy and Mr Clean.

The book, Sul­tan Nazrin said, lays out Ab­dul­lah Badawi’s years, in par­tic­u­lar, his poli­cies and pro­grammes, his tri­als and tribu­la­tions, dur­ing the 5 1/2 years he led the coun­try.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter Tun Musa Hi­tam, Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din and Ab­dul­lah’s wife, Tun Jeanne Ab­dul­lah were also present at the launch.

Sul­tan Nazrin, Ab­dul­lah and Ah­mad Zahid at the book launch.

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