In Malaysia, everyone wants to be known as important and high-ranking, so â€œThe Chosen Oneâ€ is one of several hundred people who fit the bill.
GOOD MUSLIMS DO NOT GAMBLE.
Among the things the DOJ mentioned was that taxpayersâ€™ money settled gambling debts in Las Vegas. So, whose debts were settled with this money? Oh dear! Was it Lim Guan Engâ€™s?
Three luxury properties were mentioned in the lawsuit. No Malaysian taxpayer will ever savour the view from this Los Angeles hilltop perch, the comfort of the luxury home in London, or the opulence of the New York apartment.
The purchase of these homes, reminds us of the purchase of properties, by FELDA and MARA worldwide. Who benefits? The Felda settlers? Mara students? Or a few individuals in positions of authority?
Did the paintings, by Monet or Van Gogh, grace any Malaysian museum, for the Malaysian rakyat to appreciate their beauty?
Not a chance!
Who took charge of the Bombardier jet? Why are so many jets being purchased, by the ruling elite? If only the money had been used to improve the Malaysian public transport systems.
For years, the 1MDB saga plagued Malaysians.
People have been arrested and imprisoned for daring to ask searching questions. The authorities cannot pull the wool over our eyes any longer. Not that the rakyat believed the lies of Umno-Baru.
These people stole from the taxpayer, to fund their corrupt lifestyles. They criss-crossed the world in private jets, shopped, lived in luxury homes, mingled with celebrities, and yachted around the Mediterranean, in the playgrounds of the worldâ€™s billionaires.
Back home, we sweltered in the heat, almost drowned in Kelantanâ€™s worst floods or lived in tents because houses had been swept away by the floodwaters.
They treated our money as if it were their own.
When Mustapha Kamil, the former Group Editor of the New Straits TimesÂ resigned, last May, he said that he had struggled with his conscience and the journalistsâ€™ code, in the quest for the truth.
His woes fell on deaf ears. There was no exodus of journalists from the mainstream media, because at the end of the day, â€œperiuk nasiâ€, is more important than the search for the truth.
If Mustapha, and the other journalists, had allowed their conscience to flourish and take root, earlier, perhaps, he with his team of journalists, and his paper, could have won the nomination for the Pulitzer Prize.
You see, Â the 1MDB saga did not materialise overnight.
In the end, Malaysians are failed by the people of Malaysia. The Cabinet, the police force, the judiciary, the MACC, the civil servants, the MPs, the PM and the journalists, should have served the rakyat, but they were all derelict in the discharge of their duty.
A few key individuals could have made a difference, and improved the nation, but fear, personal interests and greed consumed themÂ all, just as greed consumed â€œMalaysian Official 1â€.