Put politics on backburner

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KUCHING: The country’s political leaders must put aside their differences during this time of crisis and work together for the betterment of the nation.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said intellectual discords were taking precedence over social cohesion and internal cooperation.

Alluding to the theory by English naturalist Charles Darwin that discords would mean the demise of a nation, the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president hoped that it would not apply to Malaysia.

“Without these two factors – social cohesion and internal cooperation, according to Darwin, ‘nations weaken or will disappear’, thus his theory on the survival of the fittest did not apply only to individuals.

“Therefore, while we study Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest, we must also study his theory on the survival of the group.

“Malaysian’s current political squabbles completely ignore Darwin’s theory on the survival of a group which will eventually lead to the demise of a nation state. How sad it will be if it applies to Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.

He was commenting on the current political situation in the country beset by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Masing, who is an anthropologist by training, said the theory of survival of the fittest which was expounded by the English naturalist was well-known where the end justifies the means.

“According to Darwin, a strong leader, will disappear and eventually die, and after the demise of their leader the group will be left as ‘orphaned’. Consequently, the group will disintegrate, disappear and ‘die.’

“Thus from anthropological point of view, the ability to cooperate within a group is the key factor in the success of the group and by extension the survival of human race,” he said.

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