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What has happened to the Malaysian dream?

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It is sad to see what is happening to the country, JD Lovrenciear writes.

Despite the still ongoing coronavirus pandemic, more turmoil has rocked the Malaysian political scene.

A political coup toppled a democratically elected Pakatan Harapan government amid the global coronavirus outbreak. 

And then, as the country experienced a potential second wave, the Sabah State Assembly was dissolved to pre-empt another backdoor takeover, paving the way for a state election. 

Such shocking political manoeuvres suggest a serious political battle is taking place while health and safety concerns appear to take second place.  

Ordinary people see themselves helplessly caught up in all this political plotting and jostling while businesses suffer and job losses mount. 

The cost of living is hitting the ceiling – but who cares. 

Many ordinary citizens had struggled to free themselves from the bondage of the Barisan Nasional’s six-decade-old grip on power. But their hopes have crashed.  

This political turmoil is something that many potential investors will not want to gamble with. The economy is likely to remain stagnant or even turn fragile in a climate of global uncertainty, including unprecedented weather challenges. 

Will Malaysia sink below its neighbours in South East Asia owing to the relentless political battles here? Only time will tell – and it will not be long either, given the unprecedented challenges confronting the world.  

It is sad to see what is happening in Malaysia, due partly to the unabated decades-long plague of corruption, which has seeped through the fabric of society – a nation that once basked in the accolade of being one of the “Asian tigers”.  

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