How can Malaysia transform from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation in integrity in the world?

Malaysia has many national holidays which provide Malaysians more opportunities for reflection and review as to why one or the country failed to achieve greater goals or achievements.

The 2019 Chinese New Year is similarly a useful occasion for a national review by all Malaysians of the many great questions confronting the nation.

One of these great issues of the nation is undoubtedly how Malaysia transform from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation of integrity in the world.

The 37 days from the 2019 New Year to the 2019 Chinese New Year have provided plentiful evidence of how the country had been saved from a national catastrophe of being confirmed as a global kleptocracy which could only end with only one result: Malaysia becoming a failed state and relegated to the bottom league of the world’s nations.

But who saved Malaysia from a global kleptocracy and a failed state?

Not the three Branches of Government – the Executive, Parliament or the Judiciary – or even the great institutions of state, those supposed to be responsible for upholding law and order or provide the checks and balances against abuses of power and corruption like the Attorney-General’s Office, the Police, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Auditor-General Office, Bank Negara or the mass media allegedly performing the role of the fourth estate.

All the three Branches of Government, the great national institutions and the Fourth Estate failed the nation in preventing Malaysia from becoming the butt of international jokes for becoming a global kleptocracy, and it was the ordinary Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, class or region, who saved Malaysia from continuing as a global kleptocracy in the 14th General Election – a miraculous exercise of the democratic will, however difficult or impossible because of the odds stacked against such a historic outcome.

How did Malaysia go so terribly wrong as to become a global kleptocracy when we are the confluence of the world’s great religions and civilisations?

Some of the leading events on the road to transform Malaysia from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation in integrity in the past 37 days from 2019 New Year’s Day to the Chinese New Year Day on February 6 including the following nine developments:

· Apology by Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Officer to the Malaysian people for its role in the 1MDB corruption, embezzlement and money-laundering scandal. Latest reports indicate that Goldman Sachs’ former chief executive officer Lloyd Craig Blankfein stands to lose up to US$14.245 million (RM58.3 million) in bonus over the 1MDB imbroglio.

· Securities Commission imposing a RM2.2 million fine on accounting giant Deloitte PLT for four breaches involving the RM2.4 billion bond issued by Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (BMSB), a 1MDB subsidiary, in 2014, which Aliran has described as “paltry” and “a pittance”.

· Malaysian authorities looking further back into a pre-1MDB bond deal in their probe into fugitive financier Jho Low – whether he profited from a 2009 RM5 billion bond sale involving 1MDB’s predecessor, the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA), Malaysian banking group AmBank, as well as Thai and Singapore-linked companies.

· Announcement by the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Fuzi Harun that Police investigations into the 1MDB affair are expected to be completed by March.

· The untold story of the role of MCA Ministers and leaders in the cover-up of the 1MDB scandal.

· How the an Opposition political party espousing Political Islam compromised its principle to support corruption, embezzlement and money-laundering to the extent of using Islam to defend Malaysia as a global kleptocracy.

· Continued manhunt for Jho Low with the police open to the idea of putting up a reward for information that can lead to his arrest.

· First kleptocratric trial in Malaysia on Feb. 12, set to run for over 43 day.

· Launching of the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) by Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to transform Malaysia from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation of integrity in the world.

Malaysia was saved from becoming a global kleptocracy and a failed state by ordinary Malaysians and its behoves all Malaysians, regardless of race and religion, to ponder as to how they can ensure that Malaysia does not return to the infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 5th February 2019)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 - 5:09 am

    Like it or not Malaysian demand outperformance from PH. Just qualified is not good enough for ministers anymore.

    Take for example issue of RM90m to Hadi’s PAS. Najib says he did not pay, PAS says SR has no proof. Both denial can still be true while SR report is still true. Najib himself need not be the one who paid and SR said PAS and related persons received the money. BUT Rakyat do not care or want such hair splitting no matter how significant. They want these politicking out of the way and delivery of better living to them.

    PH leaders, every single one including rank and file, everything they do has to be a hit out of the ballpark in new populist media age. The Rakyat is much more entitled than in old Malaysia.

  2. #2 by Sallang on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 - 9:19 am

    The 9 developments are only confined to one subject issue, 1MDB. These are achievements no doubt, and ‘pressing’ issues should be handled with great speed, because you have only 4 years b4 the next election.
    When PH was an opposition, they can SEE the wrong doings of BN.
    Now that PH is the government, have we been correcting all the wrongs of BN?
    While top officials handle international events with tact and be respectable, we also expect ministers and local state councilors to walk the talk.
    Road side stalls. Road side trees. Parking areas.
    The rakyat will only see and compare what affects them, daily.

  3. #3 by good coolie on Monday, 18 February 2019 - 12:48 pm

    We need foreign investment to make up for the theft by UMNO politicians of 1 MDB money. Now, Mohamad bin Salman can help us out to tide things over, but keep the deal open and transparent, please. We should know the quid pro quo.

    Remember that MBS is a reformer (e.g. he accomplished the almost-impossible by allowing Saudi women to drive). We in Malaysia may scoff “big deal’ but people with a knowledge of Saudi culture will be shocked at that achievement.

    Khashoggi? I am not clear about this, but May He Rest in Peace!

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