Browsing All posts tagged under »Corruption«

What Would It Take To End BN’s Rule Over Malaysia?

January 14, 2017

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If Malaysia is likened to a cancer-stricken person, 1MDB would be a Stage 4 cancer, where its impact has spread to all other organs of government, undermining the soundness of the political and economic system of the country. Without immediate and drastic intervention, the prognosis is poor, at best we are unlikely to achieve developed or high income country status by 2020 or at worst, on the slippery road to being a failed state.

The Borneo Fixed Deposit

January 16, 2016

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At the last General Election, Barisan Nasional (BN) won only 40 percent of the popular votes for Peninsula and 85 of the 165 Federal seats it contested. The Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak secured BN a victory with a haul of 48 of the 57 seats up for grabs (including the Federal Territory of […]

Can We Overcome Money Politics?

January 14, 2016

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In my article last week, I looked at the sources of political financing in Malaysia and how the Government of Najib Razak is able to access huge and almost limitless amount of money to win elections. Is it any wonder that Tun Dr Mahathir alledge that Najib told him that cash is king. So, how […]

How To Buy An Election

January 12, 2016

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We have heard of the refrain, “Money makes the world go round” and this would be true of winning elections as well. It would be naive to believe that it should cost nothing to win political office and indeed to form a government. But how much money is needed before it becomes excessive, unfair, immoral […]

The Days After The Vote of No-Confidence

October 24, 2015

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Prime Minister Najib’s disablement of investigations into the 1MDB scandal and the silencing of critics has all but reinforced public perception that the allegations of corruption made by the Wall Street Journal, Sarawak Report, Tun Mahathir and the opposition are true. The impact on the country is far-reaching, destroying the confidence of both local and […]

The Bersih 4 That Never Was

September 14, 2015

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At the stroke of midnight on the 30th of August, 2015, when the countdown to Merdeka Day had ended, the Negaraku was sung and shouts of ‘Merdeka’ rang throughout the areas around the Dataran Merdeka, the crowd dispersed quietly without much fanfare, thus ending the largest and longest protest ever in our nation’s history peacefully. […]

Why Is The Government So Afraid Of Bersih?

August 26, 2015

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As we count the days to Bersih 4, the 4th installment of mega rallies organised by the Coalition for Free & Fair Elections (or more commonly called Bersih 2.0 or just Bersih), we are seeing the same stance and gameplan by the authorities. Ridicule it as lacking support, label it as an opposition tool, accuse […]