COMMENT | While some in Otai Reformasi fixate on dwelling on the past and some opposition leaders engage in power struggles despite not having any power to struggle with, Malaysia runs the risk of sliding into ruins if Najib Razak’s Umno triumphs in the upcoming general election.
What will Malaysia look like after the 14th general election if Umno wins?
1. Corruption could become normalised
1MDB has been investigated in more than six sovereign jurisdictions. More than RM28 billion has allegedly been misappropriated according to DAP lawmaker Tony Pua, backed up with the Public Accounts Committee report on 1MDB.
With casualties from the Attorney-General’s Chambers to Bank Negara Malaysia, 1MDB has truly weakened Malaysia’s democratic institutions to deflect any form of accountability and justice placed upon it.
An attorney-general was sacked, heads of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission discontinued from duty, and dissenters charged under the Security Measures (Special Offences) Act 2012. The level of crackdown to ensure immunity is unimaginable.
What does this signal?
It says that anyone who replaces Najib can afford to practice widespread corruption as there is a purported track record of doing so, yet remaining free from prosecution.
2. More taxes could be placed upon Malaysians
In the last general election, Najib campaigned promising not to place additional taxes on Malaysians, yet after the election, we saw the exact opposite...