Meat cartel scandal too horrendous to ignore

Corruption is the only explanation for this scandal, JD Lovrenciear writes.

The news about how tonnes of horse and kangaroo meat got passed off as halal-certified beef in the country is not just shocking.

It is a gross failure of any government to overlook the health risks to its people on such a scale.

How could the authorities, the vanguards paid for by taxpayers to ensure that our food supplies are safe and genuine, not have known of such a scandal for years?

Netizens are now asking whether and to what extent our other imports have been deceitfully camouflaged.

It is now quite certain that what some have suspected for a long time is true.

Not only is the country flooded with imitation and poor standard motor vehicle spare parts, which may have cost thousands of lives over the decades, this latest expose has revealed another area that is equally dangerous to the people’s health and wellbeing.

If kangaroos and horses can be passed off as halal-certified beef or other meat, who can attest to what extent meat sold in this country is not from diseased carcasses imported at dirt-cheap prices?

If we cannot even be assured of genuine and safe motor vehicle spare parts and imported food (meat, fish, vegetables and fruit), how do we count on the authorities to guarantee that the Covid vaccines that reach our shores are reliable and safe?

Many believe we are we are doomed as a nation, as corruption has overshadowed any sense of moral obligation to humanity. Corruption is the only explanation for how kangaroos and horses could have been passed off as halal-certified food.

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In any other democratic nation where people are aware of what is at stake, many would have launched a boycott within 24 hours of the news breaking out.

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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
30 Dec 2020 10.51am

IS CORRUPTION NOT AN ACCEPTED CULTUR WORLDWIDE and common PERCEPTION that CORRUPTION MAY BE LED BY LEADERS AND SPREAD TO COLLEGUES-JUNIORS AND OTHER SECTORS and

VALUES OF HONESTY-ETHICS-INTEGRITY-TRANSPARENCY-ACCOUNTABILITY-RELIGIONS may all have become of COSMETIC VALUES and PUBLIC RELATIONS for PERSONAL BENEFITS?

Is it not a common suspicion that there may be collusion among professionals responsible for stopping corruption and penalizing those inovlved as high profile cases rarely see closure due to postponements/appeals and continue to be free on nominal bail amounts to enjoy their illgotten profits with no shame or loss of dignity-position-incomes in society?
WORLD HAS LEARNT TO LIVE WITH CORRUPTION AS IT IS REWARDING
Bless all

loyal malaysian
loyal malaysian
30 Dec 2020 5.27am

JD, you hit nail squarely on the head!!
You raised the issue of fake motor parts, sub-standard without doubt and what effect it may have on the death rate from motor accidents. I believe you will have to revisit this issue later as we can see the authorities scrambling to cover their tracks in the ‘halal’ meat scandal.

Even a RCI is considered? I am no investigator but is the chain of command so difficult to ascertain from source of meat to when the consumer purchase it. Or is it, the authorities want to pull wool over the rakyat’s eyes and hope the anger will dissipate soon?

Shall we not mince words! Who is in charge of the halal certification in our country?