Zaid: Malaysia needs an ethical leader, not a religious one

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Malaysia is in need of an ethical leader “for a change”, former federal minister Zaid Ibrahim said.

Alluding to the recent controversy of “blank” Covid-19 vaccine jabs and allegations of MPs being bribed to support the current administration, Zaid said the country does “many things that others don’t”.

“That’s why we need an ethical leader. Not a religious leader,” he said in a tweet.

Contacted by FMT, Zaid said that not all religious leaders were ethical, noting that several leaders from PAS had flouted SOPs.

This included Kedah menteri besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, who was recently fined RM1,500 for viewing and test-driving a pick-up truck in Juru last month, during the movement control order.

“Politicians who use religion for politics are seldom ethical,” Zaid said.


Ethical leaders were more accountable and responsible. “Their focus is on the people,” he said.

He conceded that appointing an ethical leader was a tough call to make. “Where do we find one?”

Recently, a video, which subsequently went viral, emerged showing a health worker at an armed forces hospital plunging a syringe into a vaccine recipient’s arm but without actually injecting its content.

There were also two police reports into separate claims of empty syringes during vaccinations at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) and the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre (BACC) PPVs over the weekend.

Yesterday, when commenting on court charges brought against former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he had been informed by numerous MPs that the Perikatan Nasional leadership used bribery and intimidation to coerce them into supporting the government. – FMT