CAN a comedian be a political leader?
To be exact, does it make sense for a comedian to join politics, be voted and become a president or prime minister of a country?
In politics, nothing is bizarre. Even fruitless tree could be your parliamentary leader.
In our real world, there is an unique and maybe, historic political story that would reshape people's perceptions on politics — Ukraine is now being led by a comedian.
"Oh my God, is it real?"
Like I said, politics is not a world that is filled with weirdnesses.
To some politicians, "weird" means normal, "corruption" means “gift”.
In our country, "People have spoken!" was once loud and proud when you voted out the Najib - led Barisan Nasional.
Ukrainians, in their own mother-tongue, may have said the same when their balloted “icon” won the country's recent presidential election.
Ukraine is not a popular nation, especially in politics.
But, it had been familiarly known by global football fans for having a good-looking soccer star Andriy Shevchenko.
He was a marvellous footballer with collections of accolades.
But sadly, what he earned as a football player didn't make him a smart politician when he decided to join politics, contested in an election and won nothing.
Shevchenko is incomparable to the comedian whom I am about to gossip later as the latter is now his country's president.
So, who is that new Ukrainian president who unseated the country’s ex leader, Petro Poroshenko?
Talking about comedian-turns-politician, what do you have in imaginations?
As many of you know, a politician doesn't sell herbal medicine or promote someone's chocolate cake.
He normally and traditionally does jobs of his political party, government, state and constitution.
Being a politician doesn't need one to have special educational certificates or sit any in-hall examination for hours.
As long as you have 'interests to serve for the people', you can be one by contesting in elections.
Global political landscapes have been dramatically 'coloured' after the once-prominent celebrity entrepreneur Donald Trump existed in the US politics as "Mr. President".
He has been detested, but at least he was elected. To some envious politicians, Trump "is the luckiest man" to be a president.
To majority of world population, Trump "is the lousy" leader.
Put aside Mr Trump’s chronicle, let us now talk about "Sir" Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainians' president of today.
After reading news of him on CNN, there were several questions flew in my mind:
How will he look as a politician?
How about his oratory styles? Will Ukrainians take his every word seriously?
How will audiences react when he says serious things like "the national economy is now improving with bla bla bla"?
To Zelensky, his current role is not something that can be joked.
He is presently carrying heaviest duty that would depict the Ukranians' democratic choice of trusting him to lead the country.
Curiosity surrounds Zelensky's capability in inheriting the nation’s political tensions with Vladimir Putin's Russia that is forecasted to be extra severe.
As an independent political writer, I respect the people of Ukraine for being democratically courage to entrust a non-political figure to supersede Petro Poroshenko, who previously used to be a foreign minister years before standing as the 5-year president.
True democracy always encourages potential humans to be a leader, regardless of their things they do for a living.
It is not sinful to elect a comedian to be a national leader.
Who knows, comedians like Zelensky can magically realise political reforms that have been long time prayed by the Ukranians.
Comedy is an art, and I do always believe that an artist, be it comedian or filmmaker, can always be in politics to decipher their expressive artworks in leadership.
Volodymyr Zelensky is an inspirational figure who could be inspiring other global artists, especially comedians, to be in politics and contribute towards changing things that need to be changed.
Good luck, Mr Volodymyr Zelensky!
Eh wait! I just heard that Indonesian singer Krisdayanti will be a parliamentarian? Wow.
* Amerul Azry Abdul Aziz is an independent writer who now views politics as something that can be researched.
** The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position of Astro AWANI.