I was at the KTM Commuter Station at Tasik Selatan this morning and a quotation by former Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn printed on the top right hand front page of the NST caught my eyes. The print reads quote “The power entrusted to us is not to be used against others, not to improve our position and not to make us rich” unquote. These are ‘saintly words’ by our endeared and a forthright leader who is well known for his honesty, incorruptible, clear and principled attitude. I have ceased buying NST for more than a year now, but I was so taken by Tun Hussein Onn quote that I forced myself to purchased the paper.
Although I do not know him nor have I ever shook his hands, I have however been told of his forthrightness and honesty by some relatives of Tun Hussein Onn. He is a person who is known not to have enriched his own relatives and friends. Cronies wasn’t invented then, and even if there were cronies, Tun Hussein Onn was not the person to be linked with any of them. I was told that he even avoids meeting with relatives if he knew that they want to meet him to talk about business and favours. He discourage relatives from meeting him at his office, but would welcomed them to his house for casual talk.
I do not know what is the reason for NST to print such a quote, but I do believe that such quotes must be read by everyone who aspires to be a leader, especially politicians and for Hishamuddin in particular. I am not implying that Hishamuddin is corrupt, but the words of his late father will haunt him if he decides to willfully ignore it. I certainly do not see Hishamuddin having the attractive traits of his father or his renowned grandfather Onn Jaffar, but certainly his face and his mannerism is unmistakably that of Tun Hussein Onn.
I would certainly like to invite all aspiring leaders and politicians in particular, to take serious note of the saintly words of Tun Hussein Onn, and if need be to print such quotes in bold and to have it plastered in their offices. I will certainly do just that.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION