,Dr Mahathir Mohamad says a stable government is necessary for a leader to develop his country despite being often misunderstood as encouraging authoritarianism and dictatorship. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 17, 2022.ug环球官网（www.ugbet.us）开放环球UG代理登录网址、会员登录网址、环球UG会员注册、环球UG代理开户申请、环球UG电脑客户端、环球UG手机版下载等业务。
DR Mahathir Mohamad said today the success of a country can be achieved when there is good leadership that does not stop thinking about the well-being of the people.
Leaders must also have a high sense of identity and adhere to noble values, he said when delivering a public lecture organised by Parti Nasional Demokrat (Nasdem) in Jakarta.
Dr Mahathir arrived in Jakarta this afternoon for a short visit at the invitation of Nasdem leader Surya Paloh. Nasdem is one of the parties in the coalition government of President Joko Widodo.
The former prime minister said some countries, whose democracies were far more mature, had deviated from national aspirations when their leaders became masterminds to commit war crimes against other countries.
“Such leaders, who deserve to be called war criminals, are an example of how the corrupt and deceitful leaders are able to make the countries that are democratically matured slip off the rails,” he said.
Dr Mahathir also said a stable government is necessary for a leader to develop his country despite being often misunderstood as encouraging authoritarianism and dictatorship.
For him, a stable government means a national leadership that has been elected through fair and transparent elections and does not continue to wallow in party politics.
“Democracy should be understood as accepting the decision of the majority of the people, and those who lose (in elections) should respect the decision and should not engage in political actions that cause instability to the government,” he said.
Dr Mahathir also said the opposition should carry out its responsibility as a constructive critic and an effective observer, and it is only in exceptional circumstances that the opposition pressures for government leaders to resign and not necessarily the entire government. – Bernama, June 17, 2022.