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COMMENT | The real story behind the convicted felon Najib Abdul Razak’s commuted sentence is a story about Malaysia’s little people.

The untouchables of Malaysia are the super-rich and political elite. They are treated with kid gloves and when they commit serious crimes, they are treated with “kindness and compassion”, especially if they have done good deeds.

The little people are almost invisible, but they diligently pay their taxes and without their hard work, the nation will grind to a halt.

It is the little people of Malaysia who subsidise the lives of the elite. So, who are they, the little people? They are you, me, the makcik, the ordinary man in the street, the farmer, the office worker, the fisherfolk and the roti canai maker.

The little people have no access to hot-shot lawyers, they cannot leap-frog to the top of the queue for pardons, and they are clueless about obtaining full acquittals or discharges not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA).

They are too busy scraping a living and cannot spare time to do good deeds for the nation...

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