Hornbill Unleashed

September 28, 2016

Asri: We need integrity not language proficiency

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Asri-Zainul_zahid-hamidiIt is more important for the country to have leaders of integrity than one who is proficient in English, says the outspoken Perlis mufti.

While stressing the importance of fluency in English, Perlis Mufti Dr Asri Zainul Abidin said it was even more important to have leaders who genuinely cared for the people.

“The welfare of the people should always be the focus in any public discourse,” Asri said, referring to the criticism from various quarters, as well as by Malaysians on social media, over the speech delivered by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the United Nations General Assembly last week

Hinting at some political leaders in the country, Asri also said it was proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia that seemed to be lacking here.

“Even though English is important, but in the Malaysian context, it is Bahasa Malaysia that should take precedence for any leader. It is our national language.

Unfortunately, many local political leaders are still not fluent in BM, yet no one seems to highlight that fact,” Asri wrote in a Facebook post today.

A leader should always be grounded on the basic principle of justice for the people, he said.

Recalling the tale recorded by Islamic historians, Asri said the third Caliph in the Islamic kingdom, Uthman bin Affan, was known to have stuttered and stumbled while trying to deliver a speech on the day of his installation.

“However, this leader of the Islamic world was a man of great wisdom who had written these words, ‘A leader who is fair is more important than one who is a good speaker’, which is very meaningful till today,” Asri said.

He added that while the delivery of any message from leaders was important, it would be better for the people to focus any discussion on the essential things in life, rather than getting distracted with a side topic, as in this case.

FMT Reporters Online



  1. Najib has appointed many scumbags and idiots in his cabinet who didn’t even know who is MO1 or even need to be reminded by their secretary not to answer any questions on 1MDB and MO1.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — September 29, 2016 @ 5:20 PM | Reply

    • That is his blue ocean strategy!

      Comment by Richie — September 29, 2016 @ 6:15 PM | Reply

  2. As the deputy prime minister, calling the prime minister of Malaysia, “president”, is surely inexcusable even if he strangely speak in a North Korean accent, rather than a Malaysian accent!

    Comment by Darius — September 29, 2016 @ 5:06 PM | Reply

  3. The damn fuking truth was the man who represented Malaysia in United Nation had no credibility and integrity at all. Period.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — September 29, 2016 @ 11:51 AM | Reply

    • Parody Zahid Hamidi “Mr. President” – United Nation, Malaysia, America

      Comment by Richie — September 29, 2016 @ 11:52 AM | Reply

  4. Looks like infighting within Umno for the no.2 position which is poised to be next PM.
    Rakyat prefers Krishamudin to Komedi?

    Comment by Richie — September 29, 2016 @ 11:02 AM | Reply

    • after such humiliation, Zahid must redeem himself by bringing back PPSMI.

      Comment by munah — September 29, 2016 @ 12:04 PM | Reply

      • Astro better send him the videos of Oh My English! Learn from the kids.

        Comment by Darius — September 29, 2016 @ 5:15 PM | Reply

    • I am very surprised that a senior UMNO Minister is not proud of our Bahasa Malaysia to be spoken in the United Nations. Perkasa, what say you?

      Comment by Darius — September 29, 2016 @ 5:07 PM | Reply

  5. Trying to find excise for poor command of English language?

    Comment by Richie — September 29, 2016 @ 10:20 AM | Reply

    • Look at the brighter-side. Seem the Citizens makes better debut overseas, like the local M’sia singers in China. The Olympic games medalists and quite a few businessmen i know making a good name aboard…. but Shame about our leaders… sad and embarrassing….at UN some more!

      Comment by Darius — September 29, 2016 @ 5:14 PM | Reply

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