Something is rotten in the state of Malaysia

CL Tang
The Malaysian Insider
Nov 19, 2011

NOV 19 — The line “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”, expressed by Marcellus to Hamlet, was in response to the former’s disgust at the moral decay and political corruption in the little kingdom.

In Malaysia, even as the foul stench of the National Feedlot Corporation’s (NFC) financial shenanigans permeates throughout the country, our leaders fail to smell anything fishy, leading to the question: “Do our leaders have any ounce of ethics left?”

This NFC fiasco has all the ingredients of cronyism, nepotism, corruption, incompetence and fraud.

Yet, there is no Marcellus in our government who thought it stank. Could this be because this is the normal practice in our government ministries? That it is OK to award a RM250 million cattle project to a company with no experience whatsoever, in which the Auditor-General slammed as “in a mess”, whose owners happen to be the family members of a federal minister, and in which the board diverted national funds to purchase luxury condominiums against the mandate in which it was given?

To these damning revelations, our government says: “What’s the problem? These are hardworking people! Stop complaining and smell the roses!”

As we ordinary Malaysians struggle to maintain our real incomes and spending power in the face of rising prices, we look at despair at the cavalier “tidak-apa” response by the government when hundreds of millions of our money are being misused, squandered and wasted.

The average Malaysian taxpayer can expect swift, punitive and legal consequences when he underpays, yet when tens of millions of our hard-earned money is so blatantly abused, we see a game of musical chairs as the institutions that are supposed to protect our tax money scurry from their responsibilities, as if they were afraid of offending the perpetrator.

To be sure, we do not begrudge those who made their wealth through hard work, and those who took risks with their capital. But this NFC episode surely takes the cake. Is it any wonder that the average urban taxpayer has the perception that in Malaysia business is rigged in favour of the political elite? That one can attain great riches not because of competency or intellect, but because your wife happens to be a federal minister or that your father is an Umno or MCA bigwig?

Indeed, incompetency and failure by these cronies are bizarrely rewarded with bailouts. And when the rakyat questions this, the standard modus operandi is first deny that it is a failure — “mana ada masalah?” (the Auditor-General is mistaken because he does not know how to count cows); then decry it as a (take your pick) sexist, racist or religious slander by the opposition.

The way the BN politicians are behaving, it would seem they believe the adage that “Malaysians easily forget”. Don’t comment on it, let the issue die by itself.

We cannot allow them to take us for fools for even a minute longer. Despite all this talk about transformation and transparency, it is business as usual for these political masters and their cronies. The lack of action by the government in response to this NFC saga aptly reveals that the government we have is nothing more than a private, cosy club that dishes out lucrative contracts and concessions to their family members, relatives and cronies.

It is time those politicians who plunder our treasury at will without fear of repercussions were held accountable.

Something sure stinks in the state of Malaysia, and Malaysians must stop putting up with these bull shit. It is time to harness all our anger, despair and sheer frustration, and send a loud message to these inept BN politicians that their time is over in the next general election.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 9:46 am

    ‘Something’???? Is there even any doubt? Its UMNO/BN. It stinks to high heavan, they can smell it all the way to Timbuktu…

  2. #2 by shakarul on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 10:14 am

    Either we are doomed or we kick out BN in the coming GE13. I’m very convinced there’re no two ways out.

  3. #3 by k1980 on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 10:18 am

    //“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”, expressed by Marcellus to Hamlet, was in response to the former’s disgust at the moral decay and political corruption in the little kingdom.//

    But at least hamlet had the courage to get rid of that rottenness, by plunging his sword into the heart of his uncle, the usurper

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 10:24 am

    ///in which the Auditor-General slammed as “in a mess”///

    Watch out! The Auditor-General will soon be replaced!

    Amid the rotten smell of Najib’s administration, Malaysians can take comfort that they still have an honest, trustworthy Auditor-General.

    Thank you….Auditor-General.

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 10:25 am

    Ministers oredi said nothing amiss, $$$ given 2 d company and it is free 2 do what it wishes 2 do with d $$$, some more d bosses so smart, make idle $$$ grow more $$$
    $$$ used 2 buy COWs fr abroad, invest in 2 condos, mayb in restaurants too
    Aisay, man, wonder if d bosses put d idle $$$ in2 other instant $$$-generating ventures like: Bovine AH LONG Sdn Bhd, SPA, Karaoke, Manicure Pedicure, Bovine Lonely Hearts Escort, Pole Dance Bar, Foreign Maids Agency, Branded Handbag n Diamond Ring Delivery Service, Jantan Boost Drinks, etc
    Hubby was ex-TPM’s big boss; was he such an entrepreneur then manipulating TPM’s idle fund? Anyone can enlighten us?

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 11:18 am

    ROTTEN indeed! Esp d stink fr HA, d ex-Director of BTN n LKS’s comrade-in-arms

  7. #7 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 11:26 am

    Large populations of anaerobes live in cesspools and sewage pits. They are so accustomed to the stench as they feed on each other and other putrefying material to emit fould-smelling gases.

    Common malaysians recognise the stench. BN and UMNO members don’t. They are just like those anaerobes.

  8. #8 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 11:49 am

    “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” means something is wrong, something is strange, there’s something fishy: but here everything is wrong, strange, and fishy!

  9. #9 by monsterball on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 1:23 pm

    Malaysian Chinese are experts to smell rotten things.
    Check out they love durians … tawfu bakar…..thousand years eggs…all smell rotten to others.
    Come to rotten businesses in Malaysia…leave it to DAP..they can smell all.

  10. #10 by boh-liao on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Don’t forget 奇香炸臭豆腐

  11. #11 by monsterball on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 5:00 pm

    Rotten government finally meet some parties to fight them….face to face.
    They are afraid…very afraid…..and so it should be..for all rotten things must be thrown out…one nice day…one way or another.
    Some rot little…can be saved and sent to restoration experts.

  12. #12 by Not spoon fed on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 5:47 pm

    Corruption is the cause of provery of Malaysia:
    see report from Transparency International-

    Where is our money RM888 billion taken out during Mahathir’s time from 2000 to 2008?

    See how rich is LEAST CORRUPT countries:

    5th most wealthy country in the world:
    5. Singapore $284,692 per adult.

    The tiny island nation of Singapore has the busiest port in the world and is the fourth largest foreign exchange trading center in the world. Singapore is a world leader in several economic areas including finance, casinos, oil refining and foreign trading. Singapore attracts business because its economy is known as one of the freest, most innovative, most competitive, most business friendly and LEAST corrupt in the world.

    Full report from Credit Suisse:

  13. #13 by monsterball on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 7:25 pm

    Bush has rotten shoe thrown at him.
    Mahathir had tear gas sprayed at him.
    Rotten eggs about to come..if that traitor keep twisting and lying.
    So far…so good.
    Now performing like sleepy head…Dollah..keep quiet or run away….avoiding rotten eggs.
    Malaysians are fierce ….because they are smart and know what’s going on…not like below…timid.

  14. #14 by tak tahan on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 10:01 pm

    Whose below is timid?Oh ya,Najib’s one,therefore no sign of erection.His rotten eggs is the main cause.We must bersih everything which are rotten and vote for change.ABU!

  15. #15 by Ordinary on Monday, 21 November 2011 - 12:26 am

    Natural disasters are coming…

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