PUTRAJAYA (Feb 11): The focus of loyalty should be given to the country and not to certain leaders or political parties, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In giving the reminder to members of the administrative machinery at a gathering with employees of the Prime Minister’s Department here today, Dr Mahathir said loyalty could be given to the certain leaders or political parties if they carried out their duties well for the country.
“If the leaders or parties can raise the achievements of our nation, we should be loyal to the leaders and parties,” he said.
Nonetheless, he said if a leader was found to have strayed away from carrying out his responsibilities, loyalty should not be given to the leader.
“Leaders are needed but the country is more important. Sometimes we are forced to change our views slightly...but do not be too obsessed with the leader and party to the extent we forget our duties to the country,” he said.
"If a country is administered well, the government should receive our loyalty but if there is a deviation, the country is more important, not the certain people or party or ideology,” he said.
The Prime Minister said even though Malaysia did not have a change of government for 61 years since independence, the people chose to change the government in the 14th general election in May last year.
He said a feeling of uneasiness and directionless had been created by a certain party as loyalty had been given to a specific group for 61 years.
"But now we need to give our loyalty to the government who comprised those who were enemies of the old government.
"The most important thing is not a change of government but the prosperity and benefits to the country,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said if the new administration works towards developing the country and the people are able to enjoy the fruits of the progress, loyalty should therefore be given to the country so that all the good efforts for the country could continue to be carried out.