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Malay Privilege: We Have The Power To Change

I was born in Malaysia as one of the ‘privileged’. Yes, I was born a Malay. To be very clear, Malays are not a race. We are an ethnic group, nothing more. I have been forced to look deeper into this over the past years, in light of the destruction of my country of birth. I am watching a phoenix rising from the ashes, only to be pulled back into the very fire it escaped from.

What has happened to my beautiful country that I was once so proud to be a citizen of? Why are there sneers and sniggers at the very mention of Malaysia on the international scene, where I now avoid even mentioning my country? Why do I have such shame?

More importantly, why don’t you?

I am reaching out to the Malays here, because they are the ones who’s eyes seem most shut, shut to the truth, facts and undeniable evidence. Our country is being destroyed by the very person we ‘elected’ to lead us. It is as simple as that. Our money has been stolen to enrich their lives. We are not talking about millions of Ringgit, but billions upon billions of Ringgit. Billions of Dollars. Yes, this may not be breaking news, but let’s be very clear; it happened and it is still happening. Even worse, we are letting it happen. The entire world knows it is happening.

Why don’t you? What are you gaining by protecting, not even protecting, but propping up and supporting someone who is stealing the very rug from beneath your feet.

If you had a guest in your house and objects started going missing and he was taking suitcases out every time he left, wouldn’t you be slightly suspicious? If he then came back with expensive clothes and different luxury cars, would you think to question him? If your neighbours started saying how he had stolen things from your house and sold them, wouldn’t that be more evidence? At what point would you confront your guest? When the house was empty and his pockets full? At what point would you take action? Isn’t it the point of realisation? Do you need it spelt out to you in black and white? Do you need a handwritten confession before you do something?

Where is the difference? This money is your money, our money, the people’s money. Could the country do with an extra $10 billion? This about $333 per person. At todays rate, that’s RM 1,360. If you have a family of four, that’s RM 5,440. If I took that money from you, would you miss it? What would you do? Go to the police?

Well, what are we going to do with our money? It has been stolen. This is money that was meant to better our country, not to enrich our leaders.

Firstly, as Malays, we are Muslim. Whether our belief is strong, weak or whichever side of the scale, we all follow the principles or morals that are instilled in us from birth. We cannot, as Muslims, deny the Quran. To make a clear statement, read the words of God;

“And (as for) the man who steals and the woman who steals, cut off their hands as a punishment for what they have earned, an exemplary punishment from Allah, and Allah is Mighty. Wise. But whoever repents after his inequity and reforms (himself), then surely Allah will turn to him (mercifully), surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” (Surah al-Mā’ida 5:38-39)

How stupid are we Malays that we cannot see the evidence presented to us. We just have to open our eyes

The police in Hong Kong are investigating deposits of hundreds of millions of dollars relating to Najib and 1MDB, the UK’s Serious Fraud office is also investigating transfers into a UK bank in Switzerland. The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority is investigating. The FBI and US Department of Justice are investigating money laundering regarding 1MDB. In Singapore, arrests, hearings and prison sentences have been passed to people regarding the irregularities surrounding 1MDB. Money laundering investigations are taking place in Luxembourg regarding 1MDB and investigations are taking place in the UAE with travel bans and frozen accounts. The Seychelles are also involved in an international investigation regarding money laundering in relation to 1MDB.

This is a colossal list of eight sovereign nations across four continents all investigating 1MDB and of course, it’s head, at the very top, Najib.

Are you really stupid enough that you cannot see what is written before your very eyes? Check, double check and spend five minutes looking online. Don’t take my word for it, look for yourself.

If you ask a murderer if he committed the crime and he said ‘no’, would you release him? Wouldn’t you look for some evidence? Shouldn’t you be doing this now?

As election fever is taking hold, we should take the opportunity to find out the truth. It is our duty to take action. It is our moral responsibility. It is our right and it is in our interest. For the sake of our national pride, our children’s future, and our belief in the future of our country.

Take five minutes and check for yourself. When you find the reason to doubt our leaders innocence, take action and let us take control of our country once more. Five minutes to secure the future of your children, your pride as a Malaysian and to save our nation from self-destruction.

Are you Malay enough?


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