Yesterday, I attended the National Integrity Convention hosted by the government of
Since Abdullah Badawi became Prime Minister of Malaysia 5 years ago, one of his top priorities was to fight corruption and uphold the values of integrity in both the public and private sector.
The National Integrity Convention are born out of those efforts, and is the government's way of educating people how to do business with integrity. In essence, it was like "Pendidikan Moral", but for adults.
The night before, we were hosted a dinner talk in Hilton, where the guest speaker was Raja Nazrin, the crown prince of Perak.
As a commoner living in the small city of
The prince receives tremendous amount of respect from me and the people in attendance.
Raja Nazrin comes across as someone extremely smart and knowledgable. It's not surprising, considering he has a degree from
Despite his royal status, Raja Nazrin is also a humble man. I distinctively remember when he was getting married, he explicitly refused the state government to fund his wedding or for large corporates to take up ads in newspapers congratulating him. He insisted instead that the money be used for charity or be spent on projects beneficial to the community.
Raja Nazrin's selfless character is truly the epitome of integrity.
Another speaker at the convention on integrity was Taib Mahmud, the Chief Minister of Sarawak for 27 years.
If there's anyone fit enough to teach us integrity, is would be the Sarawak CM and nobody else.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister himself also make an appearance at the convention. Regardless of what anybody thinks of Abdullah Badawi as Prime Minister, you gotta give him at least credit for trying. Speaking my personal experience, government sector has also began taking corruption very seriously.
Prime Minister himself even flew all the way to Kuching just to attend a convention to educate people on integrity. Thet's dedication!
As the speakers took their turns addressing the audience, the hundreds of us in attendance watched admirably as our Prime Minister fell into deep thought.
5 minutes later, Pak Lah was still in deep thought.
10 minutes later.
15 minutes later.
Err, that must be one helluva thought..
Even our Chief Minister of Sarawak was impressed at how much deep-thinking our Prime Minister does.
Suddenly, the Prime Minister jolted a little and rose up from his deep
But a few minutes later, he fell into another bout of deep thought.
That deep-thinking must have went on for nearly half an hour.
I wasn't the only one who noticed it. At least 3 other people came up to me afterwards and asked if I saw the Prime Minister doing his serious deep-thinking on stage in front of 600 people, at a convention on integrity. I wondered if Pak Lah knew that we saw him =deep-thinking.
Yes, Pak Lah, we all saw it.