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Monkey business to the max ~ by Dean Johns
|Reproduced from Malaysiakini as a community service|
happy and prosperous New Year of the Monkey, as I heartily do, without
making the all-too-obvious observation that they and their fellow
citizens of all races and creeds are treated like monkeys by the
money-mad monyets (monkeys) of Umno-BN every day of every year, and have
been for decades.
In fact the members, cronies and supporters of this simian regime not
only make monkeys out of the Malaysian people with their incessant
indulgence in monkey business, but – to add insult to injury – they
demand that the populace pose, like the three proverbial allegedly wise
monkeys, as if they are deaf, dumb and blind to the depravations of the
And now these humanoids have upped the ante on their antics by engaging
in such a vicious gorilla gang war over factional control of Malaysia’s
monyet/monkey/money business that it looks for all the world like a
billions-of-ringgit remake of the classic primate movie, Planet of the
Or rather, considering how laughable a spectacle this struggle is
proving, replete as it is with such jokes as Prime Minister Najib Abdul
Razak’s clownish claim that a sum of RM2.6 billion that he was caught
with in his personal bank account was a ‘donation’, let’s call it Planet
of the Japes.
Complete with guest appearances by such notorious exponents of monkey business as former ‘Approved Permit (AP) Queen’, Rafidah Aziz – who even the very King Kong of monyet and money politics, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, once conceded was “probably corrupt” – in support of Mahathir himself in his utterly unconvincing performance as a born-again good guy.
But as entertaining as this Planet of the Apes/Japes spectacle is
proving to an increasingly global audience, let us not for a moment lose
sight of the fact that behind the scenes of this blockbuster, all is
Umno-BN ‘monkey-business’ as usual.
Ripping off foreign workers
Same old, same old system of leakages, embezzlement and blatant theft of
public money from every possible source and by every conceivable means.
A situation currently most vividly exemplified by the scandal surrounding the recruitment and ripping-off of foreign workers.
Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Zahid Hamidi recently took
a – no doubt sorely needed – break from denying his boss Najib Abdul
Razak’s misdeeds to announce a doubling of the already outrageous levy that the Umno-BN regime demands from foreign manufacturing and construction workers.
A move that is not, apparently – or at least as he proceeded to explain
in a typically ‘chimpanzahid’ attempt to take the rest of us for chumps –
for the obvious goal of further enriching the monyet Umno-BN regime and
its members, ‘agents’ and other cronies by exploiting millions of poor
and powerless foreigners even more shamelessly than ever, but “a
positive move to reduce dependence on foreign workers.”
This was a strange claim indeed, in fact a blatant lie, in light of the
fact that Zahid has long been not only spearheading a scheme to import
1.5 million extra foreign workers from Bangladesh, but also strongly
suspected of striving to get his brother Abdul Hakim Hamidi, a slice of the action.
An accusation that he has of course strongly denied, stating in a letter
responding to a question in Parliament as recently as last November
that his brother’s company, Real Time Networking Sdn Bhd, had not been
awarded the contract for the scheme.
Or, as it appears now, scam, as it turns out that Real Time Networking –
despite not having been granted the overall contract – has managed to
get a cut of the action after all.
As Abdul Hakim himself ‘clarified’ just the other day, his company is “not providing the management system in Malaysia, but is assisting agents in Bangladesh.”
‘Just small commissions’
Though not even this statement turned out to be altogether true, as he
then went on to explain that assistance rendered in Bangladesh also
earned his company a contract for providing services to the workers
following their arrival in Malaysia.
These ‘services’, as Abdul Hakim reportedly informed Malaysiakini,
include “providing (the workers) with mobile phone SI cards and cash
cards to help them better manage their wages.”
Services so minimal and widely available, as many observers have since
commented, that it seems miraculous that his company can get away with
charging for them at all.
And sure enough it does turn out to be something of a miracle courtesy
of the Almighty, as after attempting to minimise his nepotistic
involvement in this typical exercise in Umno-BN monkey-business with the
claim that “I’m not making a huge profit, just small commissions,”
Abdul Hakim added that “even Allah rewards you for good deeds, so why
begrudge me a few sen?”
Then, in case divine beneficence wasn’t sufficient explanation to be
going on with, he further added that “we make up our expenses through
the volume, so we can make some money for our children and
Such hypocritical evocations of heaven, home and hearth might be
heartwarming to some, but as far as I’m concerned nothing but nothing
but nothing justifies Umno-BN-style monkey-business. Especially during
Chinese New Year, which is supposed to be a time of cleansing and
renewal, whichever of the 12 animals it happens to be symbolised by.
DEAN JOHNS, after many years in Asia, currently lives with his
Malaysian-born wife and daughter in Sydney, where he coaches and mentors
writers and authors and practises as a writing therapist. Published
books of his columns for Malaysiakini include ‘Mad about Malaysia’,
‘Even Madder about Malaysia’, ‘Missing Malaysia’, ‘1Malaysia.con’ and