The look and feel of a mafia nation

Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank The Economist, an international publication from London, for the honour and pleasure of being able to address senior representatives of the corporate world here today, and to speak about my favourite subject: Power struggle in Malaysia.

Malaysia is a wonderful country – at least, it used to be. Over the past 25 years, average GDP growth has been about 6 percent, making this one of the wealthier countries in Asia. For many years, Malaysia was known as a place where good people live happily; and where you can make money. But wealth and greed has changed the characteristics of both our leaders and our government.

Malaysia today is a land of ‘cover-ups’. The government is actively engaging in doing everything in their power to cover up mismanagement, corruption, and abuse of power. The people, especially the opposition leaders and those active in social media today, live in fear of the prime minister and his hatchet men.

Our public institutions are in disarray and their independence is under assault. Gani Patail, then attorney-general, was just removed last week when he was about to close in on the prime minister during his investigation into the 1MDB scandal. I am worried for our Central Bank governor Zeti (Akhtar Aziz), that she will be humiliated like Gani Patail, unless she play ball.

As we speak, the police are conducting raids on other enforcement agencies, apparently looking for so-called “leaks” of investigation papers.

Maybe the police and the new attorney-general under Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak have not heard of offences relating to obstructing public servants from doing their job. If anyone, including the prime minister and/or the attorney-general, are involved in “obstruction of a public servant in the discharge of his functions”, then section 186 of the Penal Code is relevant.

I would like to advise the new AG that while supporting the prime minister is a wonderful thing, we have laws that everyone has to follow.

Cash for obedience

Today, Malaysia has the look and feel of a mafia organisation. Lots of cash and rewards by way of “official” positions are used regularly to ensure obedience. Dissidents are removed or obliterated. The mafia brook no dissent against the numero uno; the supreme leader, and it’s the same here. This past Saturday, students and young activists were hauled up by the police just for expressing their disgust towards the prime minister.

We have the earth-shattering news, confirmed by none other than (the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) MACC, that our prime minister had RM 2.6 billion in his personal account. And a couple of million in his wife’s account. That’s not to mention other accounts they might have overseas.

Not a single officer from the police dare to probe and haul him up for questioning. Maybe the MACC would, but for now, none was reported. He is still free to tell funny tales parroted by his “loyal” servants in the cabinet that the money was a political donation. These cabinet members are clowns who are happy to support a leader with the stupidest excuses they can think of.

They are an embarrassment to the country. Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin was asked to leave because he was asking too many questions about 1MDB. I am glad for Muhyiddin and his family that he was sacked; at last he can breathe fresh air in Bukit Damansara and not have to tolerate the stench in Putrajaya.

Aug 7, 2015 – malaysiakini
By Zaid Ibrahim
The look and feel of a mafia nation


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