a reply to: Zaphod58
Corruption is nothing new in Malaysia, much like many other countries. There's another issue too, and this is the issue of a cultural concept in SE
Asia known as "saving face". It is endemic in Malaysian culture and it is very real. (I lived it for a couple years there). Personal accountability
is almost non-existent. Essentially, it's okay to blame a 'thing', but never okay to blame a 'person' (at least not a Malaysian person). Well, that
is...unless you happen to be a certain leader, then it's okay. There is more than a little irony here as you will see in a moment.
Here's some facts you may find interesting about the linked article though (and it really just illustrates corruption is nothing new...NOT disagreeing
I find one glaring fault with the linked article though which makes me question the author's motivations, and this fault is illustrated here (from the
The true scale of the looting was disclosed only when Razak’s party was voted out of office early in May after more than 60 years in power. They
were replaced by a coalition government led by 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad who promised to clean up what appears to have been one of the world’s
most avid kleptocracies.
This is pure spin, and completely inaccurate. It is a classic example of media manipulation. Here's why:
First of all Razak was only Prime Minister for 9 years (not 60 as the article would have some readers believe). And guess who was PM before him?
None other than Mahathir Mohamad (or "Dr. M" as he was affectionately known), the very man Razak replaced 9 years before. Dr. M had been PM and
leader of UMNO (effectively their political party) from 1981 to late 2003. UMNO (again, effectively equating to republican / democratic party) had
enjoyed a strangle hold on Malaysian politics since Malaysia's declaration of Independence from Britain in 1957. The author conveniently neglects to
point these important details out.
Dr. M had been a left leaning media favorite for nearly 4 decades in Malaysia. So it is the political party, UMNO, who the author is trying say was
in power for 60+ years (2018 - 1957 = 61...or basically Independence until the present). And who was it who lead UMNO for 20+ years? (Hint: Dr. M)
It just so happens that Dr. M switched parties to a relatively new political party in Malaysia created by himself known as PPBM prior to his
RE-election as PM of Malaysia in 2018. And now UMNO are the corrupt ones. See the pattern here?
Ibrahim got sideways with Mahathir and he went to jail for sodomy and corruption. Razak got sideways with Mahathir and he went to jail for
corruption. Again, see the pattern here?
Razak was corrupt, sure, and so was everyone before him...and after him. Just more of the same.
Bottom line: The MH370 investigation would have gone exactly the same way regardless who was at the helm in Malaysia.
Just thought you might find that interesting.