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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Between Malaysia and Zimbabwe

I'm not sure if our PM included Zimbabwe in his current African tour as that country would have provided useful lessons on how not to destroy a bustling economy into a basket case nation.

After the locals took over, there was a massive land grab with the white farms being redistributed among the locals who knew nothing about modern farming. The end result is that a rich nation soon became just another poor African country with the main problems of unemployment, inflation and corruption.

Malaysia was more fortunate as the large migrant population were offered citizenship and today with Singapore(sometimes against it) we have become the strongest economic powers in South-East Asia aided by our strong ties with the USA, the UK, India and China.

But our systems have also not been properly maintained and in some instances the Constitution has been so manipulated that a national malaise has developed.
We have seen the deterioration in the police that now resists the IPCMC, the inability of the Executive to control the police except acquiese to their wishes, the RM36million campaign to buy voters in Ichok that is deemed "business as usual" by the Elections Commission Chairman.

So the ex-PM is right when he says, "Corruption is now above the table."The ICHOK Campaign can be considered such an example.

Where am I heading with all this? All these are signs that Malaysia is heading in the wrong direction and we may end up as another Zimbabwe.
But it is not all doom and gloom. As you can't fool all the people all the time, a day will come when people will rise up and say, "NO MORE!"

I am not sure if we will have a military takeover, a people's revolution or a radical change in the BN component parties but with the present scenario, I think such a change can happen within the next 25 years.

The only thing is that I will probably have left planet Earth by then.

1 comment:

Anak Merdeka said...

It's sad but fighting agst BN's money politics is an uphill battle that perhaps can only be won when the oil runs dry. I would be real surprised if Ijok voters are able to demonstrate to Malaysians that they cannot be bought over with the RM36million dumped on them (with a bucket or two of KFC thrown in.)