This the season to forgive one another or are we no longer civil towards each other. It has just been a week since Malaysians celebrated Hari Raya. Everyone is still very much in the festive mood. Many are still in their hometowns with loved ones and have yet to return to the city. Just as regular Malaysians are celebrating this long raya holiday so do celebrities and politicians. Many take the opportunity to go for holidays with family members and close friends. Yet while Malaysians are enjoying this long holiday, it seems the political mudslinging in this country continues relentlessly. One can only tolerate such nuisance under the circumstances.
Taking a much needed break is necessary particularly for leaders whose jobs are stressful otherwise they would easily burnout. During his 22-year reign, former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had enjoyed several private family holidays in various parts of the world. Some were personally paid by him while others were partially financed by businessmen. However, rarely do these private visits were called into question simply due to lack of knowledge or information. Similarly Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin along with many other Malaysian leaders have often taken private trips abroad. In the past Malaysians in general are not privy to such information. But with the advent of technology news of one’s movement can easily be obtained and quickly shared whether it is accurate or not.
Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak recently went on a little R&R with his family during this raya season. The unpopular leader faced heavy scrutiny over his private visit to Bali. Among the preposterous news making the rounds is that he had booked 41 presidential suites for his large entourage. If one did not know any better the news being churned out would be suitable tabloid fodder. As the saying goes cheap news sells. Perhaps as sensible readers Malaysians should be wary of such disinformation. It is incumbent upon us to seek the truth and not be easily swayed by malicious lies.
Selamat Hari Raya to all our Muslim readers and happy holidays to our non-Muslim friends!