October 7, 2016
Lest we forget–1MDB Scandal
by Din Merican
I do not envy our diplomats overseas for having to defend Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who siphoned off millions of Malaysian ringgits of public funds for his own use. There is enough evidence to prosecute him. Yet our Attorney-General had decreed that the openly corrupt Prime Minister has no case to answer.
Something is horribly decadent in the state of Malaysia. Our system of governance sucks while politics stinks so much that even all the perfumes of Arabia cannot eliminate the stench (with apologies to Bill Shakespeare of Elizabethan England) .
BTW, this quote from Lady Macbeth is dedicated to Prime Minister Najib Razak and Malaysia’s First Lady, Rosmah Mansor:
Lady Macbeth in this quote:
“Here’s the smell of blood still. All perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” (V.i.48-50)
furthers the THEME of guilt and unchecked ambition as she sinks deeper into paranoid delusions, sleepwalking and almost talking in riddles. Having told Macbeth “a little water clears us of this deed”(II.ii.67), it is clear that, despite her attempts “Out damned spot!”(V.i.33) she cannot “wash” away her guilt. Lady Macbeth thought she had prepared herself sufficiently by “unsexing” herself but, even she, had no idea that Macbeth would go to such lengths to satisfy his ambition.
Lady Macbeth knows that she is partially responsible for Macbeth’s actions and “the smell of blood” still lingers as she is as guilty as he is. Lady Macbeth, for all her madness, does recognize that she cannot fix this as “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”
Hence the theme of guilt intensifies and Lady Macbeth “needs more the divine than the physician.”(72)