In Sun Tzu's Art of War, the welfare of the people is always stressed as the utmost importance in any situation. It is quoted in the book that "... The leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril". A nation is nothing without its people and the leader must always govern with the well-being of the people in his mind.
As recently witnessed in Malaysia, the ruling party, Barisan Nasional, experienced an embarrassing defeat in the elections. It lost sight of their main goals, the very reason that they were elected in the first place; to alleviate the suffering of the people. Now, another similar incident has happened in the West, where Britain's ruling party, Labour, lost the Glasgow East by-election.
Labour had held Glasgow East at the previous election with an overwhelming majority of 13,507 and the support of more than 60 per cent of voters. However, all was seemingly lost when Glasgow East was conquered by the Scottish National Party with a staggering swing of 22.54%.The reason for this shocking defeat? The people were furious with the Government over the ever escalating cost of living. It topped the voters' list of concerns and coupled with the fact that Glasgow East is one of the most deprived areas in the UK, quickly brought the defeat of Labour in the election.
When the people feel neglected and suffering is abound, the leader has failed in his duty and just like the General who does not follow the Art of War, the incompetent leader should be sacked.