If we follow the impeachment process in the US against President Donald Trump and if the disclosures thus far are true, it is indeed a sad day for all governments around the world.
The US is supposed to be the bastion of democracy and yet the allegations of abuse of power and corruption have become so endemic and pervasive.
Government leaders and politicians, supposedly the guardians of national interests, have sold out the country big time. Taxpayers’ money and national strategic interests are all tradable for personal gains and self-preservation.
All the ideals and haunting statements made by great men and women of the past on democracy and good governance seem so hollow and meaningless in the light of endless shenanigans being revealed daily.
But is this problem peculiar only to the US? Does the US have more problems than others or does the country just have the opportunities to disclose its mischief?
Sometimes I hear views that democracy is failing and the “opaque system of government” is thriving and more enduring.
If the US, with such openness and robust press freedom, could be infested with so much abuse and corruption, I wonder what would happen in other countries where the opportunity to disclose any wrongdoing is almost nil.
Is there any wonder why most governments are unable to serve the people well? Is there any wonder why most governments exist only for the politicians and not for the people?
It took me a while, but I am beginning to understand the Malaysian government is just like most governments around the world. Regardless of the personality or the system of government, the ethos is the same.
The ruling elites take care of themselves first. Self-preservation is their number one priority, followed closely by pandering to vested interests.
I am trying to explain why the new government is so similar to the old government. Of course, I wish I will be proven wrong.
TK Chua is an FMT reader.
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