In this GE14, I hope you vote for justice

Opinion  |  James Chai
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COMMENT | Let me ask you the most difficult question ever: what is wrong with Malaysia?

Chances are you couldn’t answer me immediately. It’s not because you couldn’t think of any, but because there are just too many to think of that you don’t know where to start.

You could feel something is wrong, but you might not know what to say.


You may say “corruption”. You lament how we have become one of the most corrupt countries in the world. We also have the biggest financial scandal in the history of the human civilisation.

The government’s “Cash is King” philosophy has gone too far. How is it that after the US Department of Justice’s 136-page report that detailed the diversion of US$1 billion worth of government funds for personal use, that MO1 could still be cleared of all wrongdoing?

How is it that the person holding the highest public office in the country could treat the 1MDB fund as his “personal bank account” to purchase high-end real estate, artwork, and various luxury goods? It must appear incredulous to most of us when our attorney-general said that the prime minister had no knowledge of the funds that entered his private bank account.

The stench of 1MDB had spread around the world. Singapore, United States, Switzerland, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Luxembourg, and UAE had investigated into the scandal.

1MDB is not all. There are also the scandals of Felda, Mara, Tabung Haji, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT), and the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) that today remained unsatisfactorily handled by the government and authorities. Besides these “hard” corruptions, we also have “milder” corruptions like vote-buying or soliciting, cronyism and corruption of values. All these pale in comparison to the mammoth of 1MDB...

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