BERITA Minggu told the tale of a married woman who ran off with a Bangladeshi who sold carpets while her husband was down with a kidney ailment.
Zani (not her real name) contacted the columnist of “Duri Dalam Daging” (thorn in the flesh) to relate how her mother deserted the family for the younger Bangladeshi.
What Zani found most heart wrenching was her mother had left her 55-year-old father, who has been suffering from kidney problems for two years.
He requires haemodialysis treatment every week which costs about RM600.
Fortunately for him, he has enough savings to foot the bill.
Zani, who is married, began to become suspicious when her mother was often not home when she called to enquire about her father’s condition.
She then returned to the village for a month to look after her father.
During her stay, she found out her mother was always chatting on the telephone.
Eventually, her mother eloped with the Bangladeshi.
“How could she have cheated on my father when he is ailing?” she asked. “And why did the Bangladeshi not look for a younger woman?” she asked.
Mingguan Malaysia columnist Awang Selamat wrote on what he felt was a worrying level of corruption.
Despite Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index last year which placed Malaysia at the 33rd spot out of 103 countries, he questioned if this was a position to beproud of.
“It is no secret that tenders for projects, supplies or services in the Government can be obtained through the ‘back door’ despite the tender being announced in the newspapers or through notices in government offices.”
He spoke of brokers or lobbyists claiming “they knew people,” who would ask for service charges and commissions of up to 10% when a tender application was approved.
“If you try to seek a project through open tender, don’t hope to succeed if you do not have the support of certain people,” he alleged in his column about business culture.
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