Malaysia has always been in the news limelight not so much for the right reasons but for the wrong reasons. Some of our news over the past have rocked the world and caused us destruction in many ways. Gosh! When can we get over with these gloomy stories?
1) The Missing Monies of 1MBD
For months 1MDB has been in the news for the wrong reasons of which billions have been reportedly channeled out of 1MDB. It was reported that 1MDB has accumulated debts totaling RM42 billion and that Penang-based financier Jho Low was able to siphon US$700 million from a joint venture deal between 1MDB and PetroSaudi.
2) Malaysia’s Worst Ever Flooding
Malaysia was hit by the worst flooding in 30 years last Dec 2014, leaving at least eight people dead and forcing an estimated 160,000 from their homes. While battling the flood, Prime Minister Najib Razak was criticized after being filmed playing golf with President Obama during the disaster. Prime Minister Najib Razak later defended his trip as pre-scheduled agenda after returned early from holiday in the US.
3) The Shot Down of MH17
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) crashed on 17 July 2014 during a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after being shot down, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.
4) The Disappearance of MH370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) was found disappeared on 8 March 2014, while flying from KLIA to Beijing Capital International Airport. While there have been many conspiracies, MH 370 is yet to be found after more than a year.
5) The Lahad Datu Invasion
On Feb 11, 2013, the nation was rocked by news about the eastern shores of Sabah being invaded by a group of armed men some 250 armed militants, identified to be followers of self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu on their mission to ‘reclaim’ part of Borneo as their ancestral land. Eight policemen including three officers and two soldiers died battling the militants in the two-month incursion. Almost 100 of the intruders sent by the late Sulu chieftain Jamalul Kiram were killed while the rest were captured by security forces.
6) The Controversy of GE13
The general election in 2013 brought about the introduction of Indelible Ink to prevent voters from voting more than once after some most furious of protest called Bersih 2.0 being held. However, it turned controversial as reports of voters claiming that the indelible ink could be easily washed off were circulated in the media. There was also advanced voting for civil servants and military personnel in place of postal voting as well as other dubious incidents which led to suspicion of result manipulation.
7) The Case of Missing Jet Engines
In Dec 2009, the Malaysian government faced a fresh corruption crisis after officials admitted that two US-made fighter jet engines had disappeared from an air force base after apparently being illicitly sold by military officers to a South American arms dealer. The engines each worth about RM 50m were spares for the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s Northrop Grumman F-5E Tiger II fighters.
8) The Mysterious Death of Teoh Beng Hock
Teoh, 30, was found dead outside on the roof at the fifth floor of a building adjacent to the MACC offices on July 16, 2009, after he was questioned overnight by MACC officers at their then Selangor office on the 14th floor. Teoh was a Malaysian journalist and the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah at the time of his death and the anti-graft officers were investigating a claim that his boss was abusing state funds. Pakatan leaders and a number of federal government officials have called for a Royal Commission of inquiry into Teoh's death.
9) Murder of Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa
Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa, a Mongolian national, was either murdered or her remains being destroyed by C-4 by explosives on 18 October 2006 in a deserted area in Shah Alam. Her murder case is significant in Malaysian politics due to the alleged involvement of persons close to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, named Abdul Razak Baginda. As reported, Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa was hired as a French translator to facilitate Malaysia’s $1.25 billion purchase of two submarines from the French shipbuilder DCNS. While the Malaysia’s government was alleged of corruptions in its purchase of the submarines, it was reported that Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa tried to blackmail Baginda for a $500,000 cut and was subsequently murdered.
10) Anwar Ibrahim Sodomy Trials
The Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trials are a source of considerable political controversy in Malaysia. Being accused of sodomy with his wife’s driver, Azizan Abu Bakar, the first trial was held in 1998, and resulted in him being convicted, and given a nine-year prison sentence. This verdict was overturned in 2004, resulting in Anwar's release from prison. While being the leader of the Pakatan Rakyat opposition, Anwar was charged again in 2008 with sodomising his male political aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. He was trialed in 2010 and 2011 and, in January 2012, was acquitted. In March 2014, the acquittal was overturned by the Court of Appeal, which convicted him and imposed a sentence of five years imprisonment. Anwar is serving the sentence in Sungai Buloh Prison in Selangor.