So you can imagine how many ordinary Malaysians felt in the run-up to the general election and why the BN fell with an almighty crash, writes Anil Netto.
Images of the mind-boggling loot seized by police in KL have stunned Malaysians.
The confiscated items, which included Birkin, Hermes and other luxury handbags and lots of other bags and boxes containing cash, foreign currency, jewellery and other valuables, have left many Malaysians dumbfounded. Some of these bags were so heavy that hefty men struggled to lift them.
To say it is a veritable treasure trove would be an understatement. And this is just the loot from one of six residences that have been searched. Ali Baba and his mates would have gasped and whistled in awe at the scale of the loot and the sheer audacity of the heist.
Without doubt, the flamboyant Rosmah Mansor, with her fetish for top-of-the-range handbags and gems, has the dubious distinction of making Imelda Marcos, with her miserable shoe collection, look like a pauper. As one observer noted, “Imelda kalah teruk!”
Yet, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine, this is what Najib and Rosmah couldn’t cart away in time. What have they already taken away?
And this is just one couple.
Think of the 1MDB funds that have been squirrelled away in properties, paintings and cash in off-shore havens. All these could take a long time to recover.
Now imagine all the loot siphoned off by the rest of the cronies. Not forgetting a certain chap in Sarawak, whose family empire is worth billions. Then, there’s Felda and the rest of the other scandals.
Imagine what the whole corrupt bunch have siphoned away from the public.
What stopped the MACC, the police and the attorney general from taking action earlier? Or is that a stupid question?
Now think of how public healthcare and university budgets have been slashed on top of GST being imposed on long-suffering Malaysians, some of whom cannot afford to put a nutritious meal on the table for their families.
Think of the senior citizens who have to wait for hours and hours in hospital and having to come back repeatedly because the hospitals are forced to ration medicine and give these patients just enough to last for a month or two. Think of how these retirees have to buy medical supplies from outside pharmacies and pay for screws and metal plates, because our hospitals don’t have enough funds to provide these items.
Think of the university students and those in rural areas, those in Sabah and Sarawak without proper schools nearby, electricity supply or even potable water, who are having such a tough time.
So you can imagine how many ordinary Malaysians felt in the run-up to the general election and why the BN fell with an almighty crash, as a real Malaysian tsunami swept across the nation.