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Is Hadi competent enough to be an envoy?


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In international affairs, the nation needs competent leaders who are able to grasp issues based on facts rather than ideology, Ronald Benjamin writes.

Since the Perikatan Nasional government coalition under the leadership of Muhyiddin Yassin came to power through unethical means, he has been thorough in mollifying elites of all parties in the coalition with little or no interest in merit and competency.

Currently, there are already 70 cabinet posts compared to 55 under the previous Pakatan Harapan government – which is a burden on national coffers. Now there is an additional position of special envoy to the Middle East, which reveals an unwieldy inefficiency.

Muhyiddin choice of ministers is of great concern.

For example, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, a religious ideologue, was appointed environmental minister, when he has no record of advocating environmental issues in the country. Will he able to speak eloquently with facts from science in an international conference on climate change? He was basically busy with ethno-religious politics for the past two years, trying to bring down the PH government with ethno-religious sentiments.

Now comes another Pas leader, Hadi Awang, who has been chosen as special envoy to the Middle East. Was he merely chosen due to his credentials as an Islamic leader of a political party or was it due to his competency as an envoy who understands the complexity of issues in relation to West Asia, where one has to deal with issues beyond sectarian religious ideology?

A knowledgeable envoy possesses an abiding interest in and passion for the art of diplomacy and international relations. It requires a broad knowledge of international politics and the economy. An envoy should also be able to demonstrate an analytical temperament.

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Hadi’s political engagement has an ideological predisposition and rigidity that does not fit into the realm of international politics. His politics is more of expressing ethno-religious sentiments rather than showcasing a full command of the facts. Furthermore, he does not have a universal moral vision that is inclusive when dealing with issues of justice. Justice to Hadi is from an Islamic sectarian point of view.

So it defies reason for this ideologue to be chosen as an envoy. Malaysia should come up with a system where bipartisan parliamentarians – with competency and knowledge in foreign affairs – interview candidates nominated by the prime minister to see whether they qualify for ministerial responsibility.

Ministerial positions, if vacant, should be taken by the most qualified candidate. In international affairs, the nation needs competent leaders who are able to grasp issues based on facts rather than ideology.

Source: Malaysiakini

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Oon Eng Hock
Oon Eng Hock
15 Apr 2020 10.53pm

Hadi Awang is competent enough to:
5. Be invited as a student to join the Turkish Refah Party delegation led by its leader, the late Necmettin Erbakan, to the United Nations.
6. Be granted an audience with the then President of Iraq, the late Saddam Hussein.
7. Address a huge rally in Turkey in the wake of the coup d’etat against the Egyptian government led by Dr. Mohamed Morsi of the Freedom & Justice Party which had won the general election during the Arab Spring.
8. Speak at the 2013 International Conference on the Rise of Islam in Tehran, and the 10th International Conference of Muslim Youth and the 24th International Congress of the Union of Muslim Communities in Istanbul, 2015.

Oon Eng Hock
Oon Eng Hock
13 Apr 2020 2.14pm

Hadi Awang is competent enough to:

1. Contribute to grow PAS from just being confined to the northern Malay belt to have an organised presence in all the states of Malaysia.
2. Nurture the grassroots machinery needed to compete in 158 parliamentary constituencies in GE14.
3. Lead PAS as a single party to retain Kelantan and take over Terengganu with super majorities, and nearly reconquer Kedah.
4. Have been summoned … to help solve the political crisis arising out of the Kajang Move.

Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
11 Apr 2020 12.47pm

In politsics is there any need to have any competency or expertise as they being elected is dependent on their popularity and having the ability to get sufficient number of votes to be elected as a reprsentative? LEARN ON THE JOB AND THEN USE THE EXPERIENCE FOR FUTURE ELECTIONS AND SAY THAT ONE HAS THE EXPERIENCE TO GOVERN THE COUNTR!!

Once elected is it not a common perception that the main objective may be get some position of power which is accompanied with high remuneration packages and perks to be followed by on how to enrich ownself [and those related or financiers who need to be paid for their financial support] and the last one being to continuation of position of power.

11 Apr 2020 7.14am

In today’s world Politicians in Malaysia have claimed to be Number 1 Backdoor government.
Imagine having 70 Cabinet Ministers & in another 2 months most of the Frog MPs will be made Chairman, Directors & Executives of every single GLC.

Muhayidin is assured of 140 votes if at all Parliament gathers this year.
From Pan to Fire & now to the drain.

10 Apr 2020 11.09pm

It’s quite obvious that Muhyuddin’s appointments is entirely based on patronage than merit & competency. This includes Hadi’s appointment. Muhyuddin is fighting for his political survival. Supreme law of nature is self preservation. Everything else is secondary. So how can we expect a credible government from a man who subverted his own coalition government and committed treachery by joining another group of immoral politicians just to become the prime minister.

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