KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 2017 : Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak advised politicians in the country to be politically civilised and non-hostile, despite the differences in their political beliefs.
He said in a democratic country, leaders, politicians and the people had the right to give their opinion, as well as criticise the government, but it had to be done in a civilised manner and not by insulting or defaming the other party.
“Despite the political differences, there is no need for us to be enemies. That is not civilised politics. What we need now is play politics with facts and data.
“This is what is lacking in our politics, to an extent that sometimes our political manners are lost,” he said in a post on his blog today.
Salleh, who is also UMNO treasurer, said even religion rejects politics that insult, of hatred and vengeance because it could destroy the political thinking of the people, produce leaders with no quality, undermine social harmony, affect the country’s political development and destroy the nation’s civilisation.
Therefore, he said, politicians should be intelligent and wise when making a political decision, as well as to optimise the public space rationally.
“Hopefully, by practising civilised politics, we can together play a role in developing the country,” he said. – Bernama