We are living in bizarre times. The news that Elliott Broidy, a former prominent Republican fundraiser, has been charged with involvement in an illicit campaign to get the Trump-administration to drop its probe into 1MDB, has prompted me to to look at the aftermath of the Age of Kleptocracy in Malaysia.
This kleptocracy for much of the last decade has unhinged Malaysia’s parliamentary democracy, which has now gone haywire.
The country is fast turning into a case study of what happens when a nation suffers from acute post-traumatic kleptocratisis (OK, I made up that condition!), ie the political trauma and turmoil in a post-kleptocratic landscape.
Malaysia now finds itself defying or stretching many of the usual norms in a parliamentary democracy beyond recognition. Some of these symptoms might even merit entries into any book of regional or world records. Consider these ‘worthy’ contenders: Full article on Aliran website