Watergate – the granddaddy of all political and government scandals. US President Richard Nixon was forced to resign in 1974 as investigations against him being involved in a break-in looked like it was going to lead to an impeachment and conviction.
Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s former Senior Advisor, went under investigation for ‘improper political influence over government decision-making’ and was forced to resign in 2007. Well, the US has a lot of high-profile scandals.
In the UK, a sex scandal at 10 Downing Street is currently putting Prime Minister David Cameron in a bind (apparently, details can’t be spared at the moment due to legalities). Actually, the UK government has been facing a string of scandals in the very recent past.
Last week, a Conservative Party MP, Patrick Mercer, was forced to resign the Conservative whip after being caught by the BBC for receiving money in return for posing questions in parliament.
A Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Hancock, will also go through the motions to see if he will be expelled from the party over allegations of sexual assault. And a Tory MP, Nigel Evans, has been arrested for sexual assault.
Many countries all around the world have all kinds of governmental scandals that have caused so many politicians and government officials to be forced to resign from their positions because what they did were wrong.
In other words, if someone has done something wrong (and most importantly, get caught doing it!), the only right thing for that person to do is to own up, apologise and resign from his or her position of trust.
Now Malaysia isn’t void of her fare share of governmental scandals either. We’ve had quite a few that have piqued our interest and created a lot of stir in the country, and even internationally.
But what is slightly different in Malaysia, as compared to the rest of the world, is that the rate of officials resigning and admitting to the blame when they are caught is so much lower than anywhere else around the world. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]