Thursday, 07 April 2011 12:05
From sodomy to sex video, slander to murder, whither Malaysia?
Written by Selena Tay, Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

From sodomy to sex video, enforcement officers who watch porn on office computers while a witness ‘falls’ to death, a hushed-up prison break by scores of illegal immigrants and now another death fall – again at the premises of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission.

The time has come for Malaysians to take stock and ask of themselves – is our country heading for self-destruction and why?

As leaders all over the world crack their heads for solutions to improve their country’s economic well-being, Malaysia seems to be the only nation in the world where its leaders are busy using porn-politics to plot the downfall of its Opposition Leader through thinly-veiled sex conspiracies and awkward corruption cover-ups.

Is our country being run by mad men?

“To an outsider, that would certainly seem to be so. Are we heading for destruction? What are the positives going for us? The investment climate is unhealthy and so are the crime, unemployment and inflation rates,” PKR vice president Fuziah Salleh told Malaysia Chronicle.

As such, the average Malaysian with a family is not having an easy time making a living and servicing his monthly debt instalments. And this means Malaysia may be sitting on a time bomb of the ruling elite’s own making, warned the Kuantan MP.

The masses are not happy and when they see their powerful leaders concerned only with obscene games aimed at defaming the opposition while they and their families suffered, the prospects of an Egypt and Tunisia peoples’ uprising grow stronger, she said.

Umno elite’s preoccupation with Anwar

For Khalil Idham Lim, the PAS assemblyman for Titi Seong, the answers are simple.

To him, it is clear the Najib administration has lost direction and is setting a bad example for the younger generation through racial, religious and now gutter politicking. Prime Minister Najib Razak has failed his most basic responsibility of uplifting the peoples’ lives by not installing sustainable economic and social programs.

Instead, he spends all his time plotting Anwar’s downfall, said Khalil.

“BN leaders claim that this is an Islamic-led nation but are they being good Muslims themselves? Slandering (fitnah) a person is against Islamic teaching, therefore the BN leaders are showing a very bad example of being Muslims and also a bad example of the Malay race,” Khalil told Malaysia Chronicle.

According to Khalil Idham Lim, the rakyat or people, especially the urban voters will soon see the Najib administration for what it is – an Emperor without clothes but who insists that the people praise him.

The PAS leader warned it was only a matter of time before the rural voters also stopped voting for the BN despite it using the government-controlled mainstream media to churn out propaganda, much like the regimes in North Korea and Myanmar.

“Where are the concrete policies to get the country out of the middle-income trap? What about better education and job opportunities for all? Has the country lost its bearings?” asked Khalil.

Social and economic flops

Khalil urged voters to boot out the BN before they lead the country on the slippery slope to oblivion.

Indeed, Najib’s plethora of grandiose but low-impact policies such as the GTP (Government Transformation Programme), ETP (Economic Transformation Programme) and NKRAs (National Key Result Areas) have been slammed by various quarters for their lack of substance and effectiveness.

According to PAS MP for Shah Alam, Khalid Samad, the Najib administration was adept at churning out “alphabet soup” that had little nourishment or ability to help the country grow “muscle”.

He accused the Federal Government of closing an eye while the ruling elite siphoned away the country’s wealth by allocating another RM15 billion in the recent Parliament sitting on flimsily-defined development programmes.

“No one knows what the money is for nor where it is going into. Businesses and government projects are still being awarded to BN-cronies so it is business as usual even if the country is going nowhere and is being eclipsed by others in the region,” said Khalid, adding that whatever facts and figures published by the mainstream media has been glossed over to mask the true story from the public.

Bad plans for the future

It may not be comforting for Malaysians to know that the BN Government is on autopilot.

Foreign Direct Investment plunged 81 per cent and a staggering RM888 billion has been discovered to have been siphoned away from years 2000 to 2009 by a renowed international watchdog body.

Indeed, investors are shying away due to a lack of credibility in national institutions such as the judiciary, the MACC, the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Also, with many countries now re-thinking their nuclear strategies, Malaysia has insisted on pushing ahead with two massive plants.

Critics have said they were not surprised as the nuclear projects were awarded to firms with alleged links to the Umno elite.

The BN Government is certainly not thinking properly and does not care about long-term planning, warned Khalili, but only interested in announcing populist moves to obtain votes such as the My First Home scheme which if not managed properly can create huge amounts of household debt.

“Even Japan is now re-thinking its nuclear policy and if the BN leaders don’t destroy Malaysia with their preoccupation with Anwar, they may still blow us up with their nuclear pplan,” said Khalil.

– Malaysia Chronicle