Waking up to another new day in Malaysia!

These days it’s nice to wake up and not read anything about government misdemeanour! That characterized the previous administration when we were often shocked by scandals in government and high-handed authoritarian practices. Hopefully, that’s behind us.

The new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, of course, hasn’t proven itself yet. That will take some time, but, for the moment, the government is unobtrusive! The ordinary citizen can get on with life and not be bothered whether we are properly being governed!

That is good government. When the government does its job and doesn’t put stress on the people.

That’s the new Malaysian day! Free from government stress! So much so, there really isn’t much to write about! I don’t get fodder on poor leadership to write on! That’s good news!

The only “bad” news about our leaders so far has been the deaths of two (Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Sg Kandis assemblyman¬†Mat Shuhaimi Shafie and DAP’s Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng) and the medical ailments of another two (Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on one-month medical leave and deputy minister in the prime minister’s department Hanipa Maidin who collapsed during a department staff assembly).

Deaths and illnesses are part and parcel of life and inevitable. I wonder though how many other leaders are having health issues after their new appointments. It’s very likely that some may have what one of my doctors calls the “promotion neurosis”! When you get promoted to a higher responsibility you get the jitters and anxiety levels hit high levels.

It’s an effort to focus on your work, you get fainting spells, you can’t sleep, you are easily agitated. These are some of the symptoms, and, yes, you guessed right, I went through it. It was so bad in my case that I had to resign — only because I didn’t know I could get help.

If I had known what I know now, I would have got help and continued with my job because promotion neurosis can be addressed with proper medical treatment. I know because it happened again and I got help and could carry on with my work until I adjusted to the new demands and didn’t need medical help anymore.

So, if the new leaders are coping with promotion neurosis and, maybe, don’t know it, be assured; help is available. Get the needful help to tide over the adjustment period and get on with work.

 

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