IF following political news in Malaysia seems like a depressing prospect, it must be worse reading about political figures and their corruption cases, which run into millions of ringgit, or billions in the case of the 1MDB debacle.
Piles of money arrive easily in envelopes, bags or via their accounts, and even include colossal sums, with nary an eyebrow raised at the bank, in one case.
Wong Chun Wai began his career as a journalist in Penang, and has served The Star for over 35 years in various capacities and roles. He is now group editorial and corporate affairs adviser to the group, after having served as group managing director/chief executive officer. On The Beat made its debut on Feb 23 1997 and Chun Wai has penned the column weekly without a break, except for the occasional press holiday when the paper was not published. In May 2011, a compilation of selected articles of On The Beat was published as a book and launched in conjunction with his 50th birthday. Chun Wai also comments on current issues in The Star.