Reject Abusive Leaders, Says Rais
"Those who resort to such unbecoming behaviour ought to be ashamed of themselves as it portrays their personality.
"We do not need to resort to using course language when arguing on issues, as we've been brought up by our elders to always display good manners.
"Look at our neighbours, the Thais, who still show respect for one another even if they have differences of opinion," he added when closing a national Scouts work camp at the Jeram Toi recreational park, near here, today.
Rais was referring to the mocking and heckling that erupted into a fracas involving rival supporters before nominations for the Ijok state seat by-election last Thursday.
"Of course there are no laws to force people to be civil towards each other but some of those aspiring leaders are already showing bad manners and disrespect towards others. They should be rejected," he said.
Rais said Malaysians were not known to be disrespectful or ill-mannered, and the message for everybody to be courteous did not only come from his ministry but also from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
"We should return to the polite ways of our elders whether we are Malays, Chinese or Indians, although it may not be easy as people's attitudes change through time," he added.