Hari ini tersebar luas di laman sosial gambar PM dan Obama sedang bermain golf. Tanpa mengetahui hal sebenar, ramai yang memilih untuk mengecam PM kerana dikatakan bersenang lenang main golf sedangkan beberapa negeri di Malaysia mengalami banjir besar.
Memanglah mudah untuk mulut berkata-kata mengecam dan mengata orang itu ini tak betul, tetapi cuba kita tanya pada diri sendiri apa peranan kita dalam membantu mangsa2 banjir itu ?
Petugas2 yang sedang menyelamatkan mangsa banjir tak pula 'complain' hal berkenaan kerana mereka tahu PM dari awal lagi telah mengarah jentera2 petugas bantuan membuat persediaan segera bila bencana ni dijangka berlaku.
Adakah mereka yang mencemuh pemimpin2 yang dikatakan tidak hadir di lokasi banjir ini mendayung sendiri sampan , menyelamatkan mangsa baru lah hati rasa puas?
Habis kerja2 pentadbiran negara pula nak campak ke mana? Kalau pun PM turun bersama-sama buat kerja menyelamat tak mustahil akan turut ada suara sumbang mempersoalkan tindakan beliau seolah olah ingin mencari populariti.
Penulis ada satu artikel atau cetusan pendapat untuk dikongsikan...tak faham korang google translate ye..
If there is one thing I dislike when work...ground work needs to be done, it's having divas and vvips around. And although I guess it's part of their 'job scope' to be seem at ground zero when disaster strikes, really... what do we expect them to really do there except to take photos and highlight the situation.
So yeah, some may seem pissed off with the PM not being there and instead is in Hawaii playing golf with Obama. But before you go over the rails in anger, do consider the following.
This job of taking care of the situation is better served by those people who have the skills to do it. Having him around just distracts. And having followed his tweets and other communications, he is keeping track of the situation and providing the necessary support. I personally think that's much better than wearing Wellington boots to help clean the drains surrounded by bodyguards and taking photos showing how much he cares.
And the interesting thing is, if he goes around at the flood areas, the people would most probably be commenting that it's a populist move. Just to gain publicity. Do also wrong, don't do also wrong.
I won't be surprised though if there are more benefits that may come in the short and long term 'golf' event with Obama. Maybe some logistics support? Flood relief funds? A pledge from US? It's not impossible. And who else to get that part of the job done if not the PM?
And all those aside, has anyone considered the fact that one does not go play golf with the most powerful man on earth on Christmas day on a whim. It would have been planned a long time ago. And it would have a very strong reason for this meeting to take place.
I guess it would have been nice to see him mucking around in flood waters, just for public relations sake. I know it would have made some people happy.
But really... what else?
Let the pretenders and attention seekers go take their photos and selfies and what not. The general has better things to do that will bring good to the nation. Let him do his job.
And I am glad to see, that he trusts his people to do the job that needs to be done. And they are doing a fine job.
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There are lots of anger that PM Najib is seen playing golf with Obama in Hawaii on Christmas day and that he is not on the ground visiting the flooded east coast or in Malaysia directing flood relief efforts.
However, we have to be realistic and understand that a PM's role is not to direct flood efforts nor to wade thru flood waters to carry victims to safety.
He is better served monitoring the situation and approve allocations and allow the right emergency bodies and his ministers to do their work.
A cursory glance at his twitter and FB page also shows that he has been making frequent updates on the flooding situation:
In fact, just 4 days ago, Najib did visit flood victims at the relief center in SMK) Gudang Rasau, Pahang that was holding residents around Sungai Belat.
It's not like he doesn't care or is not updated with the latest. But even if he was on the ground in the flooded areas, there is little he can do and it is actually counter-productive.
Being on the ground is really just a populist photo-opportunity and the publicity and hoo-hah around him could turn out to be a hindrance to relief efforts instead of a help.
Not many people get to play a round of golf on Christmas Day (being the most important festival day for Obama) with the USA presidnet to build relationships - many many more famous world leaders would never have the chance.
Remember that President Obama is the most powerful person on earth and has vast resources at his command.
Who knows? Perhaps Najib could have asked Obama to look into assisting the flood victims in the east coast either via monetary donations or via technical, medical or logistic assistance?