The role of opposition parties is to act as a check and balance to the incumbent government. The opposition exist to question the government of the day and to hold them accountable to the public. However, there are times when the opposition are not necessarily acting in the public’s interest but rather pursuing a matter simply to serve their political interests. Recently 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and chief executive office Arul Kanda Kandasamy held a roundtable discussion with PAS leaders and central working committee as the party wanted a direct explanation from the state fund after six 1MDB-related questions were rejected in parliament. Asides from Arul Kanda and PAS representatives the affair included 1MDB management staff, economist and Bandar Tun Razak MP Khalid Ibrahim and former legal adviser to the Terengganu Sultan Wan Ahmad Fauzi Hashim @Wan Husain.
Opposition lawmakers were swift to criticize Arul Kanda for meeting with PAS leaders. Both PKR and DAP even questioned whether PAS leaders truly understood what was explained to them by Arul Kanda. PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man is reportedly satisfied with the explanation provided while Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has issued a lengthy statement expressing his views on 1MDB after the roundtable discussion. Like PAS, Tan Sri Khalid was satisfied with Arul Kanda’s briefing. In fact Tan Sri Khalid, who has been in the corporate sector for a good number of years, went to great lengths to enlighten the public on the problems surrounding the state fund. Statements from both PAS and Tan Sri Khalid on 1MDB have only given rise to dissatisfaction among Pakatan Harapan leaders who insist Arul Kanda now hold a briefing session with them in parliament.
The opposition politicians are eager to question Arul Kanda on 1MDB’s state of affairs. However when one already has a preconceived notion about a particular matter, one’s judgement is clouded and a bias outlook is formed. Under such circumstances it would be difficult to even reason with this person. It would be like reasoning with a child who is impatient and at times erratic. Now, is the Pakatan Harapan leaders truly interested in understanding the 1MDB issue or merely digging around for political ammunition? Consider this, political passions can even undermine our very basic reasoning skills. Sometimes even blinding us from the truth.
“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” – Andre Gide