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.
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.