KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said humility is an important trait to have, particularly if one is a politician or a member of Parliament.
He said to be humble is an asset because society tends to appreciate people who exhibit the trait of being humble.
“As you know in the Malay society, one is expected not to be too showy. When you go and do your work as a member of Parliament, for example, you must be able to fit in with the society.
“I’m very conscious of the fact that when I do my work as a member of Parliament, I’m at ease with that kind of situation. For example, if I’m in the surau, or I go to a house that belongs to a poor member of my constituency, I make sure that I behave in a way that I will make the person feel comfortable, and I’m not going there and looking down on or having a patronizing attitude towards them,” he said in his blog www.1malaysia.com.my here.
However, Najib said that being humble must not be a sign of weakness either.
He said in certain societies, it tends to be misinterpreted as a sign of weakness.
“When you deal with outsiders, for example, there are times when you need to show your strength.
“You need to show your confidence, because when you are seen as being too humble in their perspective, it is deemed as a sign of weakness,” Najib added.
Source : Bernama