We are truly living in a decadent age of abject moral decay, one that is exacerbated by the toxicity of racial and religious polarisation, and where integrity has been so corrupted that it has lost its intrinsic value.
Instead of upholding values, ideals and principles (VIPs), some Malaysians choose to prostrate themselves at the feet of (allegedly) Very Important Persons (VIPs) in a demeaning display of servitude that only reinforces how elusive a "Merdeka of the mind" remains for them.
Is it any surprise then, that Malaysia's putrefying political swamp is teeming with unsavoury characters who bear more than passing resemblances to well-known Shakespearean villains: King Lear, Brutus, Iago, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, just to name a few.
[Other notable Shakespearean villains whose alter egos populate our political environment include Claudius (Hamlet), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Caliban (The Tempest), Shylock (The Merchant of Venice), Edmund (King Lear) and Richard III.]
We even have a cameo appearance by a coven of intellectually dishonest witches, who toil tirelessly over the cauldron of ethnoreligious nationalist disingenuousness, as they seek to subvert and invalidate our Federal Constitution and Rukun Negara (cont'd below)
with the unhelpful "assistance" from their fellow constitutional charlatans and "deep state" academics.

To paraphrase a line from one of Shakespeare's most famous plays:

Double, double toil and trouble, indeed.
It is hard not to draw parallels between the questionable assumptions and morals that governed 1870s American society, as depicted in Edith Wharton's 'The Age of Innocence' and our morally barren and ethically impoverished political landscape of today.
Just as 'The Age of Innocence' centers on an upper-class couple's impending marriage, and the introduction of the bride's cousin, plagued by scandal, whose presence threatens their happiness, (cont'd below)
Malaysia's quest to transform herself into developed nation continues to be hampered, hamstrung and hindered by one Najib Razak and his deplorable legacy.
To my fellow countrymen who think that the disgraced former Prime Minister and convicted felon should be given a second chance, I can only offer the following words of advice:

"Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me."…

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