Monday May 21, 2012
Unbecoming behaviour of Malaysians in London
NO right thinking person will condone the disorderly behaviour of the three Malaysians who tried to disrupt Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s speech in London last week “Your choice will triumph” (The Star, May 16).
Najib kept his cool and appealed to them not to disrupt his speech and assured them that he was willing to talk to them separately later.
Malaysians living abroad should not embarrass the prime minister during public dialogue sessions in a foreign country.
I recall an incident narrated by the late Sir Ivor Jennings, who was Professor of the Laws of England at Cambridge (and a members of the Reid Commission) in his book “The Queen’s Government”.
British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, was the principal speaker at the 500th celebration of the University of Glasgow and of the audience probably four-fifth could have voted him out of office.
Yet when Attlee got up to leave early to catch the night mail to London, the whole audience spontaneously rose to its feet.
Attlee was not merely a Labour Prime Minister: he was Prime Minister, the representative of the people of Britain.
The hecklers should not perceive Najib as the leader of a political party but the head of government.
He is the leader of a sovereign nation and should be accorded due respect and dignity of the office.