The RM6bn littoral combat ships saga, which some quarters in power tried hard to keep under wraps, has finally spilled out.
Since then, it has certainly been hard to keep the stench of corruption out – despite all the redactions in the report produced by an investigating committee on procurement, governance and finance.
Even as the media got its hands on the recently “declassified” report, we were also getting hints of possibly more corruption, abuse of power, misappropriation, inefficiencies and negligence.
How did such rot get into the country’s defence procurement?
These acts that affect our nation’s defence capabilities amount to acts of treason. Imagine how vulnerable our country will become to any threat from our enemies. These acts also make us wonder if similar abuses are taking place in the other ministries.
Many are not only shocked but wonder now at all other government procurement failures. What secrets will they yield if we could see beyond the veil of the ‘Official Secrets’ Act’?
The combat ships scandal should be another incentive to push for reforms. If we do nothing, Malaysia will certainly be among the worst failed nations in the world.
Heading into the coming general elections with little accountability for these and other corrupt deeds is undermining the nation even further.
It seems as if the number of corruption cases plaguing the country is growing despite recent exposes. All we, the people, seem to be able to do is to shake our heads in hopeless resignation, having now lost count of these acts.
As for the world, many are laughing at us!
Just because we are peace-loving, law-abiding people who abhor violent protests, it does not mean that those responsbile for these scandals should get away with such crimes against the nation. They should not!