I know well this article will ruffle some feathers and I will be denounced in strong terms.
But I am ready for the brickbats, even from friends, since I believe a difference in opinion does not necessarily mean they will not be friends anymore. On the other hand, I am also sure there will be many others who will endorse my point of view and thank me for raising an important issue. The point I want to raise is many officials, public figures and so-called well-wishers rush to send statements to the Press to praise the leadership on some decisions taken by the government in the interests of the people.
While the rational government always makes the right decisions and deserves all thanks and appreciation, it is not looking for such praise coming from these people I mentioned. The government, as always, works for the good of the people and ensures they are looked after and happy. The government works quietly to implement development projects and programmes without looking for anything in return. It strives to achieve its strategic goals and it is more realistic in what it can achieve. Stimulating public opinion is the last thing on its mind. Many times it works as a representative of the legislative authority by introducing development programmes and projects very quickly.
On the other hand, the people I mentioned make no contribution whatsoever and do not pay any attention to anything but rush to the media to make lofty statements when something is announced. It is almost as if they are looking for an opportunity to get themselves into the public spotlight through the media. If I were a decision-maker, I would prevent the publication of such statements and take advantage of the newspaper space to publish something that is beneficial and good for the people and contributes to our development.
I ask readers whether or not they think such statements are a waste of time and money and do not add anything beneficial for the people. What I want to say is that we need to address this irresponsible behaviour as also many other wrong practices. But, on the contrary, we see these practices increasing all the time. A proud homeland requires contributions, ideas, creative vision, sincere efforts and hard work from the people and not lip service and hollow praise that means nothing. May the Almighty make this country safe, stable, prosperous and keep its leadership from all harm.