Temptations and misdeeds!

I will post s few events in the past to warn those younger people who aspire high offices that the world is no longer like in the past. These few events should serve as constant warning to them to tread very carefully. There is a Eastern Proverb that ” One mis-step may lead to a thousand year’s regret”.  It is indeed true.

These events were:

1. on 21 May 1998 Suharto announced his resignation from the presidency. His recently appointed Vice President Habibie assumed the presidency in accordance with the constitution.

In May 2000, he was placed under house arrest and official investigation into alleged corruption was started.

In 2002, his son, Tommy, was sentenced to 15 years in Jail.

2. Former Presidents Chun Doo hwan and Roh Tae-woo of south Korea.

Both were convicted in August 1996 of treason, mutiny and corruption; Chun was sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment, while Roh’s 22½-year jail sentence was reduced to 17 years on appeal. Both were released from prison in December 1997, pardoned by then-President Kim Young-sam. (wikipedia)

3. Former President Chen Shui Bian of Taiwan.

On September 11, 2009, Chen received a life sentence and was fined NT$200 million (US$6.13 million) for embezzlement, bribery and money laundering involving a total of US$15 million (NT$490 million) in funds while in office from 2000 to 2008. On 11 June 2010, the High Court decided to reduce the former president Chen’s life sentence to 20 years (wiki).

4. Husni Mubarak was overthrown this year. He is now being investigated for corruption and abuse of power, as well as premedidated murder of protestors.

These are just a few of shocking news for the power that be– including those who are top leaders or just ministers– to digest.

When they are elected to hold high office, it was already an honour extraordinary. Why should anyone who has been elected and tasked with the power to rule commit corruption and abuse of power?

Once anyone mis-steps and takes a bribe or committed a misdeed against the law (succumb to temptation, so to speak), he will need to abuse his power to cover up this mis-deed. Just like using one lie to cover another, he will abuse power to cover one misdeed with another. Very soon, a misdeed is no longer a misdeed in his eyes since he is so used to doing it. Those around him would have follow his pattern, since once the upper beam is crooked, the house can no longer be build properly, so to speak.

It is precisely these misdeeds that those who have committed them feel that they cannot let go, unless they pass the power to someone who can be trusted, or better still someone who have also committed misdeed. That way, boats would not be rocked and the captain can be trusted keep the sails in the same direction.

This is also precisely why many people with conscience or high ideals go into politics and become abusers of power later. Because politics is like a jar of soya sauce;  any white cloth that goes into it would become black, unless you wrap a plastic  sheet around the white cloth first to ensure the ideals would not  be corrupted!

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    May 27, 2011 @ 11:31:13

    I would love to see people like Murbarak and Muamar Gaddafi tortured and hung. I would love to see Koh Tsu Koon turned into a real eunuch, with the the Thing.

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  2. Phua Kai Lit
    May 27, 2011 @ 12:02:16

  3. Li Li Fa
    May 27, 2011 @ 13:14:09

    The country has been under the mystical hand of MBoleh for a long time. Inevitably, this ideology may fall into the realm of temptations and misdeed. With the attitude of everything goes, the people will think that everything can be done as long as there is a will and way. Conscience, and high ideals may be pushed to the back seat.

    Hence, it is imperative, ( i believe), the people should move away from this MBoleh attitude and return to the basic values of entering politics for the people, of the people and by the people.

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  4. Richard Loh
    May 27, 2011 @ 14:13:17

    So we can see their desperation to hold on to power even if the need for ‘crushed bodies and lost lives’ but Malaysian voters are so unpredictable and their could not care less attitude.

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  5. CYC
    May 27, 2011 @ 17:26:59

    Just tell me what is the difference between Hosni Mubarak and our “leaders” ?

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  6. monsterball
    May 27, 2011 @ 20:02:42

    Nice piece by Doc.
    The second last paragraph points clearly to what Mahathir did…encouraging corruptions for 18 years…and chose two of his stooges.
    Mahathir is the Father of Corruptions….Father of Race & Religion Politics…Father of Disunity…..in Malaysia.
    UMNO B still control with slim majority….without 2/3 majority….shows how many Malaysian voters …especially rural voters comprising of vast majority Muslim voters are controlled by the Devil…like living in a spell…like living dead…with no brains.
    Only the true Muslims can save their brothers and sisters in rural areas.
    Until that happens….Malaysians by far and large are hypocrites and very selfish people…that deserves to suffer out of their own doings.

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  7. beh tahan
    May 27, 2011 @ 23:04:08

    Monsterball.you say it well and easily understood by young and old.

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  8. monsterball
    May 28, 2011 @ 02:00:33

    Thanks beh tahan.
    That’s my sole purpose to comment.
    The Altantuya Shariibuu murder case findings by the French investigator have revealed more.
    Get all the details at Malaysiakini or Anwar Ibrahim’s blogs.
    This is very interesting..and that French man is coming to Malaysia to update and explain his findings to Malaysians…at fund raising dinner events.
    According to Najib….case closed!!
    Culprits caught raping her and very very angry…C4ed her to pieces.
    He did not explain how all her entries in Malaysia…the record…all missing.
    Best of the best..Najib sweared at mosque….most truthful ….not need any court case..with lawyers questioning him.

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  9. serendipity hopeful
    May 28, 2011 @ 13:00:36

    Once a politician is elected and he remains there too long, he becomes arrogant and things his tenure is birth-right. This is reveal again and again in history. Those whom you have mentioned also held these misconceptions. These are the real human failings that aspiring politicians have to be aware.

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  10. SON OF MUHAMMAD
    May 28, 2011 @ 14:34:04

    LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE MUSLIM COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. THEY ALL SHARE THE SAME FATE! MALAYSIA IS INCLUDED. THIS SIMPLY MEANS IT IS THEIR RELIGION WHICH IS THE SOURCE OF ALL THE HAVOCS. WHAT A PITY FOR THOSE HAVING NO BRAINS TO REALISE THEY HAVE BEEN CONNED AND MISLEAD.

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