WE are a parliamentary democracy and our people always welcome more young leaders in politics, especially from the ruling side, to strengthen the party’s vision and mission. Similarly, for the opposition, businessmen or corporate figures, the doors are open for them to join any party.
Today, most young politicians have their own financial sources. In fact, they should be financially supported for their political activities and living. Traditionally, most political leaders are experienced in business and the corporate world.
In Malaysia, there are young politicians whose sources of income are declared inconsistently. Their y assets and lifestyles are mysteriously acquired.
I think the time has come for youth parliamentarians and party leaders to be transparent.
The idea of urging young politicians to declare their financial sources should have been implemented much earlier by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).
I believe corruption can be overcome if IRB agrees to a system that requires politicians to declare their sources of income, assets, be they personal or procured, designations in parties, and as well as business organisations, and allowances or remunerations received in the capacity of the party.
Recently, we heard the story of a youth leader whose assets were unusually large. As a young professional who dreams of contesting in general elections, I am delighted to know that Special Functions Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is willing to be investigated for alleged corruption.
We need more leaders with character and willingness to fight corruption. His integrity and leadership traits are examples to newly-entrusted young leaders.
Amerul Azry Abdul Aziz,
Logistic manager, Felcra