June 20, 2015

"Taken in the current context, it is remarkable that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak remains in power."

The Malaysian Insider In an actual democracy – instead of the kind of purpose-built one-party state in Malaysia – he would presumably be long gone and perhaps in the dock. via Asia Sentinel

'The 1Malaysia Development Berhad debacle, with its overtones of greed, political favouritism and inside deals is exactly the kind of sleaze that should and does bring down governments worldwide.

'Add to that the lingering issue of the 2006 murder of the misbegotten Mongolian party girl Altantuya Shaariibuu by bodyguards linked to Najib, the shamelessly cooked-up jailing of long-suffering opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the poisonous stew of bitter racial politics manipulated by the ruling elite and the widespread disgust with the acquisitive ways of Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and it is a wonder that anyone can keep a straight face while claiming Malaysia’s system is anything but a thinly disguised playpen for the Barisan National and its cronies.

'Still, and finally, we may be witnessing the endgame in the country’s painful transition from the 20th century politics and governance that started with the transition from British colonialism to rule by the Barisan Nasional, the race-based coalition of political parties led by Umno.'

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