Russia-Ukraine War

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By Mahathir Mohd Rais

The results of the Johor’s State Election was as disappointing as it gets. I dedicated my time and energy in pursuing success however, as the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. I am sure that one day, the people of Johor will elect a greater leader to lead them. Nevertheless, my main focus now lies upon the on-going Russian-Ukraine War. There are a few things that must be discussed and considered in order for us to know the position of our country during these unprecedented times.
When Russia invaded Ukraine in late February 2022, the whole world was shocked and left speechless. Most countries do not agree with the sudden invasion as the ones who suffers the most during ‘war’ are the civilians. Nonetheless, this issue gives us the opportunity to recalculate the position that Malaysia is in. 
First and foremost, war has never been able to solve anything. It has only caused death and despair to millions of innocent lives. In this case, an on-going war on the 21st century has proved that the sufferings don’t just end after Russia fully invades Ukraine, and that is a big if. The Economic Sanctions, financial penalties and bans imposed from other countries towards Russia will cause a lot stress and difficulties for their citizens. As seen online, more than half of the Russian population are against war. They don’t agree with the violence and torture that the government is putting towards the innocent people of Ukraine.
The question remains, how did this happen? How is it possible that a war started in 2022? Will this escalate into something much more dangerous? How will the affect Malaysia?
Russia has always believed in its’ power over Ukraine due to how history has shaped itself. In the past, Ukraine was under the regime of the Soviet Union. The past imperialism is still considered valid to some Russians and this includes the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin. He believes that by having Ukraine back under the control of  the Russian government, Russia will be complete again. However, the methodology that is used by Putin is very dangerous. The West, Nato, Russia and the European Nations should come to an agreement to neutralise the situation as soon as possible. 
There is one thing that we could learn from this tragedy which is the importance of having a strong leader to lead a country, especially during times of crisis. The leader of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy hasn’t been building a great profile of himself to insinuate that he is a good and capable leader. The reason being is because of who he was before he became a politician. He was a former actor and comedian. This on itself made him less intimidating compared to other leaders. Even though he managed to show strength and perseverance as the war is still on-going, I believe that it is still too late. The lives of thousands are gone and there is nothing that can be done to bring them back.
If this type of leadership becomes a norm, then even our country might be in danger. A brave leadership figure is important in polishing a country’s image. 
Due to this recent war outbreak, many countries are heavily affected by it and this might include Malaysia. Our country has always had a good relationship with Russia, the European Nations and also the West. If anything were to happen to Russia, China will definitely get involved. The involvement of China will heavily impact the economy and political status of many countries. Malaysia should focus on giving our full support towards the people of Ukraine without denying the demands of Russia. At the end of the day, it is the lives of the innocents that matters the most.
The support towards the Russian’s ideology might ensure a stable economical state for our country. It is safe to say that the western involvement of all the other countries such as Syria and Palestine can’t be considered as a successful involvement because those countries are suffering just as much as Ukraine is currently suffering. There is blood in everyone’s hand.
At the end of the day, it is necessary for all sides to come to an understanding and give out solid opinions on how things should end. This includes the leaders of our country. Instead of not saying much, it is a must for us to stand our grounds and fight for what’s right. It is possible that we might have to face issues like this in the future so it is better that we stand prepared and ready.

About the author: Mahathir Mohd Rais is the Bersatu Segambut Division Chief of Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. This is an opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this publication.

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