OH, IT’S SO DIFFICULT TO GIVE UP THE POWER

OH, IT’S SO DIFFICULT TO GIVE UP THE POWER

Posted by Super Admin in Malaysia Today

Now, it is not fair to suggest that only Myanmar SPDC Junta leaders are very reluctant or find it difficult to let go of power. It’s the same all over. Politicians have not been described as possessing animal-like behaviour for nothing — that’s why we have the term ‘political animal’.

Adapted, edited and Burmanized from Paul Sir’s article in The Borneo Post

IT seems that we are in the season of power transition in the country.

Now, let’s take an honest view about these so-called power transition being bandied about in the country. The first question to ask is — did these political leaders step down voluntarily or were they pressured to do so?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Now, it is not fair to suggest that only Myanmar SPDC Junta leaders are very reluctant or find it difficult to let go of power. It’s the same all over. Politicians have not been described as possessing animal-like behaviour for nothing — that’s why we have the term ‘political animal’.

  • Like the tigress jealously guarding her cubs or the viper protecting its territory and ready to put its life on the line, those with political power behave in the same manner.
  • They are very protective of their own space and will fight with whatever means to prevent others from entering.
  • History has shown how despots had even gone to the extent of committing mass murder and alienating the entire population just to cling on to power.
  • Sadly, we still have such kind of sick political animals in our midst today. Just think Robert Mugabe. 

Looking at the world’s democratic institutions and the inhumane behaviour of some leaders, I am not too sure whether democracy is really the best form of government there is. It is said that democracy is the best method of informing those entrusted with authority. They are best able to use authority without ignorance to maximise political power. Those who exercise authority in ignorance are not powerful, because they do not realize their intentions and have little control over the effects of using their authority. This is where the danger lies.

I think one key factor why most political leaders are unwilling to give up power is the fear of their skeletons in the closet being exposed by the incoming administration. That is why many choose to wait until they are able to find a trusted successor who would turn a blind eye to all their misdeeds while in office. In many cases, they are unable to find one; hence, they must stay in power till kingdom come, that is if a coup d’etat does not get rid of them first.

If one is clean with totally nothing to hide, would it be so difficult to let go? The first living clean political leader that comes to mind is Nelson Mandela. If all the world’s leaders were as real, humble, gracious and clean like Mandela, this world would be almost perfect.

The other day, I was watching the Wembley concert in honour of Mandela’s 90th birthday on Channel V and was particularly touched by actor Will Smith’s introduction of the former South African president.

Smith declared, “If the world has only one father, that father is Nelson Mandela.” What greater honour can a modern day political leader get. 

Then I also remember Corazon Aquino of the Philippines. She changed the national constitution to allow for only a one-term (six years) presidency and when her six years was up, she happily let go. For Filipinos, Cory was almost a ‘Godsend’ after 21 years of Ferdinand Marcos administration which was marred by massive government corruption, despotism, nepotism, political repression and human rights violations.

COMMENTS

written by rajaphillips, July 19, 2008 | 13:03:12

“For Filipinos, Cory was almost a ‘Godsend’ after 21 years of Ferdinand Marcos administration which was marred by massive government corruption, despotism, nepotism, political repression and human rights violations.” 
To us Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is “Godsend”
written by fireduck, July 19, 2008 | 13:09:35
How can you swipe our esteemed leaders that way, Paul?  

They have ‘work to be done’, ‘more important things to do’, etc. Even the Senior General’s wife, Daw Kyaing Kyaing got more important things to do and to take care of the families and cronies. Aiyoh, they are all so good lah, how? 

What? Let go of power? No lah, it’s mine and mine alone. I was borned into this position. I may not have started the Tatmadaw, but I built it up into what it is today.

It’s our birthright! Tatmadaw is mine. No challenging the supreme post. It’s a democratic process …..of course, guided or disciplined and provided you follow our occasional guidelines, rules and regulations, which is what I, the leader, say. It’s my way or the hellway for you!  

There you go, our wonderful leaders!

written by Eskay Lim, July 19, 2008 | 13:34:46  

“Like the tigress jealously guarding her cubs or the viper protecting its territory…..” People in power will never give up that power so easily. As the saying goes, “When in ho chiak.. ho leem situation” (i.e. enjoying life) who wants to give up all that? 
That’s why Robert Mugabe still wants to cling on to power at whatever costs, after ruling for so many years and causing great sfferings to his own people. History has shown the ordinary people suffer when their leader rules for a long period of time.

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