A civil servant’s worst nightmare takes form in the annual Auditor General’s report, a revealing autopsy of the year’s financial misdeeds. It is the ghost of Christmases past coming back to haunt them. It is the night of the living dead where deeply buried scandals are dug up and put on public display.
The defining disasters of recent Malaysian history –submarines, missing jet plane engines, APs, IPPs, bailout- are to an amazing extent Barisan Nasional disasters.
It is no coincidence that scandals of Zakaria Mat Deros proportions have continued to flourish while Malaysia’s sluggish economy continues to flounder. BN conveniently blames the global economy, Soros, Jews, or any other scapegoat. When will they accept responsibility for the atrocious misdeeds committed on their watch?
For years, alternative voices have cried foul over the outrageous mismanagement of taxpayers’ funds. For generations, unrepentant government appointees have continued to enrich themselves and cronies – at taxpayer’s expense.
As these warnings went unheeded, Malaysia continues to suffer the consequences of a “penny wise and pound foolish” government.