Datuk John Tenewi Nuek, a former Malaysian diplomat and former Under-Secretary in the Foreign Ministry has drummed up a warning that Malaysia will end up like Myanmar or Ghana, if our political leaders continue to abuse their power. He also claimed that corruption in this country is now beyond redemption. Datuk John Tenewi Nuek is now the newly appointed PKR Vice-President and had served the Foreign Ministry for 33years.
I think, Datuk John Tenewi is the first retired senior government officer to come out openly to criticize the government. Beside Myanmar and Ghana, he cites the Philippines and Nigeria that were at one time countries that were wealthy and prosperous, are now economically backward and poor because its leaders were corrupt and abused their powers.
Earlier in the morning, a group of friends and I while having tea were in deep discussion over the happenings in Tunisia, Egypt, and now a similar wave of people’s protest is emerging in Algeria and Yemen. The reasons for the protest in all the four Arab countries are similar i.e. a government that is corrupt, repressive laws and the abuse of power by its leaders, rampant poverty, high jobless rates within the society that ended up in broken marriages and families, nepotism and the enrichment of cronies an its family members.
As I have mentioned in an earlier article, this country has all the reasons and causes for its people to launch a protest against the government. But unfortunately, officials in the government today seem to suffer from a loss of hearing and sight.
As an example, when we say that corruption is endemic in this country, the response we get is that the level of corruption is not too bad when compared to other developing countries, and statistics says that it is manageable. And when we say that we have repressive laws like the ISA, the response is that such laws are necessary to protect the safety and security of the country. And when we say that our leaders are inclined to abuse their power for their own pecuniary self interest, than the response will be that there is no prove to such an accusation.
We have been fed constantly about the massive abuses of the Chief Minister of Sarawak, but do we hear of any strong criticism from any member of the government. Despite all the evidences that have been posted in the alternative media (read the tale by tale articles in Sarawak Report) nothing seems to meet the interest of the authorities. The MACC and the police play the game of the three monkeys i.e. ‘see no evil, hear no evil and talk no evil’. I think they are waiting for someone to come up with a report written in gold and delivered in silver envelop.
By just looking at photos of the CM’s female family member drinking beer is enough to suggest that she have not had enough religious up-bringing. Now, my question is where are all our Tuan Guru’s and Pak Mufti’s. Not a whimper from any one of them.
Are the beer drinkers not to be lashed, or are they all governed by a special set of Islamic laws, just because they are from families of the super rich? Or are you (Tuan Guru's and Pak Mufti's) too afraid that you might lose your job? You know damn well that you will have to answer all this maksiat and dosa in the hereafter.
Someone from the group that I had discussion with early this morning sums up his frustration with this prediction – “Negeri kita ini akan menerima musibah yang amat dahshat sekiranya pemimpin pemimpin kita masih tidak sedar akan maksiat dan dosa yang sedang berlaku tanpa sebarang sekatan di khalangan masyarakat kita. Padahnya bukan kepada mereka yang mengamalkan maksiat dan dosa, tapi pada seluruh umat di negera ini”.
I do not deny the truth about such a prediction, but I hope it does not occur during my life time.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION