The system’s breaking down

— The Malaysian Insider
Sep 22, 2011

SEPT 22 — Anti-corruption officers extorted RM1 million from money changers. Policeman sentenced to five years’ jail for shooting 14-year-old boy in the back. The Attorney-General accused of a string of serious and damning offences, including fabricating evidence.

Nope, these are not headlines from a banana republic in Central America or Zimbabwe. This is what is happening in Malaysia and is only a snapshot of a system falling into a serious state of disrepair, where there is a serious blurring of lines between law enforcers and law breakers, where the culture of easy money and lack of respect for the rule of law are hurting the country’s once-respected institutions.

Oh, you can bet that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will talk about how a few bad apples should not sully the whole basket but we believe recent evidence suggests that the problems at the anti-corruption agency are institutional rather than isolated.

Wasn’t it the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Teoh Beng Hock’s death which found the behaviour of the MACC interrogators abhorrent? And of course that was before the Customs official fell to his death and where a CCTV recording mysteriously disappeared.

Aminulrasyid Amzah was shot in the back by a policeman and in another incident, the court awarded RM900,000 to a man who became paralysed after being shot in the back.

Are the cops remorseful? We doubt it judging by the response of top cop Tan Sri Ismail Omar. He did not think it necessary to offer Aminurasyid’s family an apology. Perhaps he had forgotten that his men tried to portray the boy as a criminal to justify the shooting.

Of course, no one can bring the boy back but a simple and heartfelt sorry to the family would have been the proper thing to do.

Instead, they received some mumbo jumbo from Ismail. But we should be grateful for small mercies. At least Ismail said something about this case.

He had said zilch about the reports and letters from his former comrade Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim detailing the alleged abuses of Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail. At the very least, the nature of the accusations merits an independent inquiry.

But Ismail has been quiet as has the prime minister. There is no charade or pretence of an investigation. Just a complete shutdown of any information.

Nobody in the police force or the MACC seems interested in pursuing these allegations.

Or maybe they are too busy making their own headlines.

  1. #1 by tak tahan on Thursday, 22 September 2011 - 8:48 pm

    They are not breaking down but breaking dance from the top silly head to the bottom bum.They are worst than the mafia.Overhaul all the government institutions and agencies once PR took over Putrajaya.Put all the crooks behind bar and let them rot and then feed them to crocodiles and snakes.Period.

  2. #2 by Loh on Thursday, 22 September 2011 - 9:07 pm

    ///SEPT 22 — Anti-corruption officers extorted RM1 million from money changers. Policeman sentenced to five years’ jail for shooting 14-year-old boy in the back. The Attorney-General accused of a string of serious and damning offences, including fabricating evidence.///– Malaysian Insider

    The reputation of the chief law enforcing officer reflects the reputation of the government in upholding rule of law. Yet the government takes no action to either prove that the accusation against the AG was false or that the ‘whistle blower’ was guilty of libel.
    Anti-corruption officer involved in corruption shows that he knows how to use official power to enrich himself. He is certainly not an exception. Had the officer been a member of the privilege group, he would have got a share. He is caught most probably because he wanted all the money to himself.

    Malaysia government services are an extension of UMNO which is a close knit body built on the ‘spirit of brotherhood’, or ‘Lu tolong gua tolong lu’. They are above the law. The few exceptions which have to face the law may not be for upholding the law but for other reasons. Malaysia is clearly a failed state. It fails because of NEP which converts multiracial civil services into an appendix of a political party.

  3. #3 by country for good malaysian on Thursday, 22 September 2011 - 10:33 pm

    Really sick of all these so call institutions !
    Where are all the accountabilities !
    Where are all the human decencies.

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Thursday, 22 September 2011 - 11:43 pm

    ///Anti-corruption officers extorted RM1 million from money changers. Policeman sentenced to five years’ jail for shooting 14-year-old boy in the back. The Attorney-General accused of a string of serious and damning offences, including fabricating evidence.///

    Such crimes committed by people who know the law are only tips of an iceberg. Maybe these people think since they know the law, they are above the law. The system has been breaking down since Mahathir took office, and is getting from bad to worse unless there is a change of federal government.

  5. #5 by Cinapek on Thursday, 22 September 2011 - 11:58 pm

    All these transgressions is symtomatic of the deep rot that has set into the entire justice system. And as always, the rot started from the top. Those below are not blind.They can see the rotteness of their bosses and their bosses’ bosses. They can also see that evil behavior will go unpunished and instead are actually rewarded with rapid promotions and cushy fast tracked appointments. So, can you blame the minions for emulating their bosses’ sick behaviours?

    You think the three MACC officers would have acted so boldly if they understands the full force of the law will come down hard on them if they are caught? It is because they are so used to be above the law that they have gotten used to breaking them as and when they like and are a law unto themselves. Heck, they know they are even licensed to kill and they will be protected and exonerated.

    Until and unless the Govt. has the courage to punish these law breakers for what they are, more citizens will suffer and even die at the hands of these institutionalized crooks.

  6. #6 by HJ Angus on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 12:13 am

    I agree with all the comments made about the rot in the system.
    However the headline is wrong.
    The system HAS broken down!

  7. #7 by negarawan on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 12:18 am

    The serious and threatening problem that Malaysia is facing is due to incompetent and corrupt criminals in UMNO running the country. Get rid of them and things will improve substantially.

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 1:17 am

    After the recent cases e.g. PSM, Mat Sabu, Bersih 2.0 etc etc, Bukit Aman has been nicknamed by some as Bukit Saman.

  9. #9 by sheriff singh on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 1:20 am

    ‘The system’s breaking down’. No. The Systems Are Breaking Down’ and ‘we don’t have any spare parts’. Typical.

  10. #10 by waterfrontcoolie on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 6:48 am

    We as Malaysians are responsible for the current affiars! We put them there! One could hardly blame the civil service when the basic aim of the Gomen is to ensure only those who serve their purpose are ensured of promtion! and we keep supporting this by putting them there all these years!

  11. #11 by Bigjoe on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 8:28 am

    They just took down the Undilah video sponsored by Razaleigh. System breaking down? Its broken. Period. All that is not happening is that the people on top have not lost control over most of the machinery. The hammer/sword (home ministry) and money are in the hands of a few close knit people. If the PM have to share those ministry with those who are not close to him or compete with him, then the havoc will manifest itself. The system is already broken, people just can’t see it yet..

  12. #12 by k1980 on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 8:29 am

    ‘The system’s breaking down’.
    There has never been any system in the first place!

    “I then checked my slingbag and found the wallet missing. More than RM2,000 of the RM4,000 I placed on the table was also missing,” he said.

  13. #13 by yhsiew on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 8:30 am

    The system is breaking down because the subordinates are emboldened by the deeds of their superiors. If my big boss extorts money from somebody, why can’t I do the same?

  14. #14 by k1980 on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 8:37 am

    If one’s interpretation of history could be liable to criminal charge, doc mamak should be charged in court for his 9-11 conspiratorial theory.

  15. #15 by Jeffrey on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 8:38 am

    ‘The Systems Are Breaking Down’, not System – sheriff singh
    One can look at least 3 levels/systems:
    (1) elements of lawlessness within law enforcement. Cases heard of officers extorting money changers, illegal foreign workers, custodial deaths etc may be tip of iceberg by reason of esprit de corp (code of silence concerning illegalities committed by fellow officers).
    (2) Elements within entire Criminal Justice System ranging from law enforcement (disclosures of Mat Zain Ibrahim if true) right up to Judiciary as evinced by Lingam video tape RCI and NH Chan’s something rotten in Denmark House);
    Elements within entire civil service bureaucracy (not just PDRM, but Immigration, Land Offices, regulatory agencies etc extending right to GLCs overspilling to even private sector’s corporate entities & players (indeed entire society at large) which identify, protect and become part of the political right & incumbent ruling coalition’s survival interests.

  16. #16 by Jeffrey on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 8:40 am

    This is for a large part because corruption is systemic rooted as part of political culture based generally on feudal patron-clientele relationship between those in power and others dependent on and supportive of them and a general value system prioritizing power, connections, criteria of race/creed and abjuring importance and recognition of rights and fairness arbitered by impartial Rule of Law or even truth as the basis of dealings and affairs. This being the case we need political will not rhetoric & slogans crafted by PR firms to address malaise. Even the IPCMC promoted by Ex PM could be resisted and recommendations of Dzaiddin & Lingam Video clip RCIs ignored & not implemented. We arguably need a powerful (benevolent) dictator in power to overhaul reform and put things right. We used to have one but he used dictatorial powers to set things the other way wrong, leading to above state of affairs.

  17. #17 by dagen on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 8:58 am

    /// Anti-corruption officers extorted RM1 million from money changers. Policeman sentenced to five years’ jail for shooting 14-year-old boy in the back. The Attorney-General accused of a string of serious and damning offences, including fabricating evidence.///

    Wooow. And and and one more thing you forgot. A prime minister who is constantly engaged in shiok sendiri public orgy.

    But seriously, the problem with this country is precisely like cancer. It is now stage 4 – the end stage. Not only is the problem widespread, it has also taken on a complete structure and form of its own. In other words, the problem has been absorbed into the umno system and turned into a culture. This is in fact a typical progression of greed and corruption as may be seen in all banana republics.

    But here in jibbyland, umno has taken the rot-progression to another new low. Umno moved the problem beyond culture. Here greed and corruption is being openly claimed as a constitutional right. Perhaps more remarkable than this claim is the assertion that the contitutional right of umnoputras to plunder and steal is an unquestionable right. All attempts at questioning the right would be visited with the consequence of detention without trial based on the justification that they are either anti-islam jenis umno, anti-agung, anti-umnoputras, a show of ungratefulness, an act of terrorism and communism etc etc.

    Politically speaking, I think, that means umno has both its feet in the grave.

  18. #18 by Godfather on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 9:08 am

    I beg to differ. The system isn’t breaking down, or has broken down. The system has evolved into an extremely efficient blood-sucking machine with tentacles at all levels, and with a strong in-built sense of survival.

    Like they say, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. And they are not fixing it.

  19. #19 by boh-liao on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 9:28 am

    C’mon lah, don’t sound so alarmed as if it was a EUREKA moment, a novel discovery
    Dis was just a few of d reported cases of a practice ingrained in our civil service’s DNA
    Just look at d LIFESTYLE of many of our civil servants n ask: R they our servants?

  20. #20 by boh-liao on Friday, 23 September 2011 - 9:38 am

    Don’t forget our national carrier proudly announces 2 d entire world: MAS, MAS
    So, where got “The system’s breaking down” when MAS in M’sia, truly malaise-sia

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