A Kadir Jasin
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WHILE waiting for the Federal Court to decide on Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy appeal, which was initially due to last two days but had since been extended to at least five, let us continue the discussion on leadership.
What will happen to Anwar next week will have an impact on the leadership of our beloved country.
The first three articles in this series were in bahasa Malaysia labelled Isu Kepemimpinan.
|Anwar and some of his lawyers facing the media|
A couple of news items published by local and international newspaper as well as the online media in recent days attracted my attention.
One report in The Star, which was a reproduction of a Jakarta Post story, was headlined “Indonesian First Family shuns excessive lifestyles, won’t parade wealth”.
The other, also about President Joko Widodo aka Jokowi, it picked up from The New York Times was headlined “Jokowi in global spotlight”.
|President Jokowi and PM Mohd Najib|
The Star headlined, “Rosmah: Critics can’t get at Najib, so they target me”. (Read here).And the fourth was about the Baling BN MP and Tabung Haji Chairman, Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim praising Rosmah’s Permata Programme, saying that it had attracted international acclaim.
Abdul Azeez said those against the programme and its patron, prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor, do so after making "ill assumptions". He said even the Zambia president and queen of Qatar recognised the Permata's contributions. Permata is funded by the taxpayers.
|Abdul Azeez Praised the PM's Wife|
ABOUT the new Indonesian President, The Jakarta Post report, among other things, says while the children of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono might have no reservations about showing off their luxurious lifestyles, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s children are the opposite.
“Although they are far younger than the Yudhoyonos, there is no indication that they are fond of the latest Apple iPhone, Land Rover SUVs or high-end fashion, despite the fact that their parents can certainly afford such things.
“As a businessman, Gibran Rakabuming, Jokowi’s eldest child, could afford to take the path of luxurious living if he chooses to.
“But he opts to remain humble, driving a Mazda hatchback bought from the proceeds of his catering and wedding planning business in the family hometown of Surakarta, Central Java,” the reports reproduced from Jakarta Post says.
Stories about President Jokowi’s ordinariness, his distaste for opulence, his people-oriented politics and, above all, his abhorrence for corruption are abundant. So far much of superlatives used to describe him appear to be true.
"I am fully aware of the things said about me on social media. These people just want to topple the government but they can’t get at Najib. So, they get to me," reports The Star on Oct. 23.
"Don't believe and swallow everything you see or read online, such as on Facebook and blogs," Rosmah said at the launch of the national-level International Rural Women's Day celebration on Tuesday. (Read here)