Corruption at all levels opened the doors for every negative element to creep into our country.
Since Independence, Malaysians have lived together in peace and harmony and the last known racially motivated incident was the May 13 clashes.
Following that, Malays, Chinese, Indians and others have lived in peace and similar incidents were unheard of.
For most Malaysians, terrorist attacks are something we either read or hear about in the news.
There has never been a time where Malaysians needed to be worried about going to a mall, temple, mosque or church.
However, and rather, unfortunately, this no longer seems to be the case, and the threat of a possible terrorist attack seems all too realistic these days.
Just recently, police nabbed members of the Islamic State (IS) wolf pack cell who were armed with six improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Apparently, they were targeting four VIPs and non-Muslim houses of worship in the Klang Valley.
Police also seized a CZ9mm pistol and 15 bullets from the mastermind’s house in Kuala Berang, Terengganu.
Inspector-General of Police, Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said had they been successful, the consequences would have been devastating.
Each of the 18cm-long IED take only about seven seconds to detonate once it has been primed and has a blast radius of 50m – capable of killing everyone within that area!
Abdul Hamid said the terror cell was planning to “avenge” fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death.
“They also targeted the VIPs as they claimed that the four had failed to protect the sanctity of Islam and even insulted the religion with their actions,” he said, adding that the terror cell was formed in January.
Police believe the terror cell was acting on orders from senior IS leaders in Syria.
The E8 Division sting on the terror cell began with the arrest of the local mastermind in Kuala Berang on May 5, followed by the second suspect – a 20-year-old Rohingya man – in Kuala Lumpur two days later.
The suspect had a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) card and he also admitted to joining the cell and supporting the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) terror group.
So, who are we to blame for this – the government, the system, race, religion?
Do we blame the previous administration for opening the nation’s doors to just about everyone who wanted to get into Malaysia?
Well, whatever it is, we can conclude that it was all due to a major lax in the nation’s security, probably attributed to the exchange of money between certain hands.
Malaysia was certainly a “boleh land” under the BN administration and had become the dumping ground for the world.
Corruption allowed just about anyone and anything to enter our country – from wanted criminals, terrorists, waste material, etc.
It also opened the doors to millions of foreign workers to flood the country.
Our once clean, safe and beautiful Malaysia is now filled with every form of negative element possible.
How long and tedious is the clean-up process going to be for the new administration is anyone’s guess – the dirt never stops surfacing – clean up one mess and another crops up.
One thing for sure is that the entire clean-up process is definitely going to need more than a term and it is up to us to make sure that happens, and not hand over our nation back to the hands of those who brought in the rot in the first place.
Jonathan Anyi is a TTN reader.
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