Christmas and 2017 are just around the corner. Despite all the problems that Malaysia faced, Malaysians appear to be living comfortably and happy. The smiles that we see on the faces of leaders currently embroiled in political disputes, allegations of corruption and misuse of power,dragging the country to the brink of bankruptcy and disaster etc., seem to become more radiant than before.
smile, everything's ok.
Look at the cars and the traffic jams on the road. People thronging the supermarkets, the shopping malls, the banks, the business centres and the fun houses. One cannot detect any sign of impending disaster,social disharmony or economic collapse as suggested by the "prophets of doom"in Mlaysia. In fact, as of now, people seem to be preparing to celebrate Christmas and usher in the new year.
In contrast the news from some other parts of the world seem most tragic such as the fightings and the killing in Syria,Afghanistan, the Palestine, Jordan, and the gruesome work of the terrorists in Germany, Switzerland etc. The senseless killings and horrors committed by the terrorists and extremists seemed to be intensified with the coming of the festive season.
destruction and disaster
Some human beings seemed to have lost their sense of value on human lives. Of course the suicide bombers and killers have lost any sense of value of themselves, that they were created by God to do something good on earth and not become messengers of death. Certainly God Himself knows who must be exterminated on this earth when the time comes, and no man can impose that punishment on men without due process of the law. And the sooner human laws follow the prescriptions of the Creator, the better. Are we deviating too far from those prescriptions? - I wonder.
the end will surely come
Whatever the world has become, life must go on. All that we can hope for the new year is that our leaders will realise they are still human beings no matter how powerful they are, that God can strike them down at any moment if they go too far (like all despotic leaders in the past), and that they will be judged by future generation whether to be honoured or otherwise while
God will decide whether they go to Hell of Heaven. Remember that you're just a human being like us all, with all the weaknesses and frailties endowed us beside the qualities that make you a leader.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission ia now really doing its work. Everyday new cases of corruption or abuse of power have been uncovered involving hundreds of million of ringgit stashed away by corrupted officials in various government agencies over many years. Interestingly, even the heads or even the political bosses of such agencies had no idea of the corrupt activities going on under their nose.
reality is often hard to believe
Can you believe that?
More interestingly, no political bosses had been discovered, investigated, brought to Court, found guilty of corruption or misuse of power and put behind bars. With two prominent exceptions as in the case of two former Selangor Chief Ministers. ( No need to mention names). All allegations ESPECIALLY INVOLVING THE BIGWIGS OF THE RULING PARTY, after a quick investigation, often end ass baseless. It looks as if all Malaysian politicians in the government are entirely clean. Only the civil servants and members of the opposition parties are the culprits.
Although a few political leaders had been convicted of corruption in a court of law in the past or found guilty of money politics. ( i.e.. using money to buy votes), the latter is not considered a serious crime. The leaders involved are still venerated and placed in high offices, controlling billions of ringgit. It's as if we believe that thieves make the best money spinners for the agencies they control. Question is: money for whom?
It's amazing that Malaysia had been classified by some mainstream media of the outside world as a number one corrupt nation .Its leader, venerated by his supporters, is frequently and repeatedly accused of kleptocracy. Of course a party leader in a democratic country today can seek and acquire billions of cash as donations. Who can question from where and how or how much is spent? He is always protected by some Official Secret Acts. And his loyal supporters will always vouch for his integrity, or loose their jobs.
Democracy has been defined as a system of rule by the majority. But what is the majority really? Of votes cast by the people in a general election? What happens when only supporters of a party turn out to vote while non-supporters or the undecided refuse to vote because of alleged rigging, too frustrated with the candidates offered, or even threatened by the existing regime that unless they are returned to power there will be chaos and bloodshed in the country. Thus the supporters will put back their leaders into power, although they form only a minority of the population - thus creating an oligarchy in a democratic garb.
big nose but smells nothing
So, MACC. Do not let the full-force and timely crackdown on errant civil servants leave the political and administrative bosses of all government agencies involved or suspected to be involved, get away with the "I-know-nothing-abiout-it" excuse. The political or administrative bosses who don't know about corruption or misuse of power going on under their nose, must have their nose examined. And democratic leaders. Please don't allow a democracy to become an oligarchy by scaring or threatening the majority that there'll be chaos and catastrophe if the party in power, supported by loyal members whose number form a minority of the population,looses the next general election.