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Complete meltdown of public trust

This is Malaiseya

COMMENT A mobile phone causes a riot, the Ringgit is depreciating, investors are losing confidence, the government is on auto-pilot, friends have become foes and foes have become friends.

Battle lines are redrawn, ministers are reshuffled, billions surface in personal accounts, a website is blocked, a business publication suspended and a British woman is on the wanted list.

High ranking civil servants are detained, and top officials evicted from their posts for illnesses unknown to them while others are on leave or appear to have fallen off the face of the earth.

Down south, there is talk of a rebellion brewing.

A crown prince keeps battering the administration, spouses included, with sarcasm on Facebook. Whereas, a prominent banker does the same on Instagram regardless of blood ties.

Leaders and members of the ruling parties have a single function, which is to defend the prime minister. One or two ministers have dedicated all their time and effort to this task.

The opposition pact, which captured the Malaysian imagination for change in the last two general elections, has crumbled but its leaders insist that new hope is on the horizon.

In the absence of the Internal Security Act, which the prime minister perhaps regrets having abolished, a new legislation is stealing the infamous limelight – Section 124b of the Penal Code.

There is a complete meltdown of public trust best exemplified by a recent fire which broke out at the police headquarters that ignited a blaze of speculation on social media that it was deliberate arson to torch incriminating documents.

The anti-corruption commission is forced to seek protection from the heavens, giving the impression that diabolical forces are assailing it.

A civil war has erupted between the MACC and police, with the former accusing the latter of being the marionette of hidden hands to interfere with the commission’s probe into a Finance Ministry-owned firm, the outcome of which can have severe repercussions on the prime minister.

The nation is ailing. It has degenerated into a tragicomedy soap opera, and the international media are painting the town red.

…more
Aug 7, 2015 – malaysiakini
This is Malaiseya

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