Being neutral is better than going headlong blindly into a fight.
This is so, especially, when we are not sure what the fight is really all about or when it doesn't even concerned us.
I know, some of you all find this unacceptable and want us to take sides and fight no matter what.
You are with us or against us, they said.
Honestly, that's tiring.
Really guys, it's okay to be neutral and chill out when we need to do that.
That's my stand in the Najib-Dr Mahathir fight.
I prefer that than getting a bloodied nose for stupidly fighting just because that's what the crowd are doing.
Malaysia itself tends to be neutral most of the time.
During the Cold War, even though we were closer to the West, we still maintain friendly relations with the Eastern bloc of that time.
In fact, Malaysia is one of the more active members of the Non-Aligned Movement, which promotes world peace. Being non- aligned, means we do not take sides, especially of the big powers, in their fights. We instead took in the facts of such conflicts and be objective about it.
This philosophy is the hallmark of Malaysia's foreign policy since back then.
That's how we as a small country survive at world stage all these while.
That's why I was quite concerned when told by my sources today that there were people at the highest level of the government who wanted our country to take sides in the dispute between Qatar and a few other Arab countries.
Seriously, why the hell do we need to get mixed up in that Arab quarrel.
I really thought we were all doing well on the matter when the Foreign Ministry issued this statement on June 29,
I was told that the people who wanted us to take sides in the dispute wanted Malaysia to be with the other Arab states going against Qatar.
The other Arab states accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, among others, and have since last month placed the tiny but rich Gulf state in isolation.
That was a bit weird to me because Qatar appeared to be more progressive and modern compared to those other Arab states.
Notwithstanding all that, it made me wondered what were the motives of those people in the government who wanted us to also join those other Arabs in isolating Qatar.
Personal vested interests, maybe?
Hopefully not so.
Anyway, I was told that Qatar has about RM50 billion in investments in Malaysia.
Those who wanted us to go against that country should think what would happen if Qatar pull out those investments.
Then there are those Malaysians who now work in Qatar. How about them if we want to boycott that country?
And, really, what is it again the purpose of us to even consider taking sides in that Arab quarrel?
I hope PM DS Najib Razak will not listen to those people.
Let's be friends with all those Arab countries and try help them settle the dispute instead of ourselves joining in the fight.
Let us be smart about this, okay.