BP #10: Najib Razak Profession as Prime Minister

Sources : http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35407017

Mr. Najib Razak is the current Prime Minister of Malaysia. He is the eldest son of Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s second prime minister who was credited with playing a part in securing independence from Britain in 1957.Mr Najib’s uncle, Hussein Onn, was the country’s third prime minister.

The 62-year-old led the ruling coalition in the May 2013 elections. His coalition won, securing a simple majority, but it was their worst election result in more than 50 years.

For the past few years, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has labelled former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as being “obsessed about control”. He faced corruption allegations over the purchase of two French submarines in 2002 while he was defence minister. Mr Najib denied any wrongdoing. Recently,  Mr Najib had been accused ailing 1MDB state investment fund. His government set up the fund, whose full name is 1Malaysia Development Berhad, in 2009 with the aim of transforming the country into a high-income economy. However, global investigator believes that the money of 1MBD transferring nearly $700m (£450m) from the fund to his personal bank accounts.

As the leader of a country, we generally reserve the term of Prime Minister or President as it is a prestigious profession. The concept of a profession does seem to include strong normative components.  According to Bayles (1981), there are three necessary conditions that define a profession. Minus any one of these conditions and the occupation fails to qualify as a profession. First, all professions require some sort of extensive training. Second, this extensive training must have an intellectual component. Third, the occupation must provide a valuable or essential service to society. Taken individually, it seems that almost any occupation could be considered a profession. It is only when we note that all three conditions must be met, that it becomes apparent how restrictive Bayles’ criteria actually are in practice.

However, in my opinion, I think Mr Najib Razak does not fit the criteria in Bayles. He might be the leader but it does not show the intellectual component. He did not show the leader responsibility to the society. He did not use his intellectual component to make the country for better. 

As the leader of a country. It is very important to provide a valuable or essential service to society. But, over the last few years, the living cost in Malaysia have substantially increased. In addition, allegations of large-scale graft and embezzlement are certain to fuel social tension and push the public into the street. He did not provide any valuable services to the countries. He only provides suffer and imposed bad reputation to the world. 

 

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