An article by William Pesek on Bloomberg view was spot on about my thoughts on Malaysia's MH370 incident and the recent MV Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea. (Read about it here: link). I could not put into words my thoughts about how differently things were handled and how officials are responding to the crisis. William Pesek could not have done it better as he certainly did good job in articulating those thoughts and wrote it succinctly.
I know people who have argued that no responsible leader should leave a problem to be solved by others, and that he or she should stay to solve the problem and not run away from it. You see, the main differences about the leaders of Malaysia and South Korea is this - humility. If you observe South Korea's culture, is will be quite clear that the reason for the resignation by the leaders is not because they are running away from the problem - okay, maybe they are - but most importantly I think it was because they feel this overbearing feeling of shame and guilt that they no longer want to be in the place of power, or the very least, they could not be in that place of power anymore.
Have we ever witnessed a Malaysian leader issuing a sincere apology for the government's (both federal and state) incompetence in handling important issues? Perhaps an apology is simply "not enough" and therefore, an apology is not needed. Sounds familiar? Google it up, you can find out who said that about the recent #MH370 disaster. Who wouldn't know that action speak louder than words? But one should also not forget that words are sharper than swords - it carries weight. With the right words with the right expression at the right time, perhaps many hearts can be soften. After all, I guess an apology doesn't hurt. The question is - are our leaders humble enough to say that they are truly sorry, and most importantly, do they really mean it?