Of late, Malaysia had been in the news for all the wrong reasons. There had been the still unresolved mystery of Flight MH370 last year, the downing of Flight MH17, the jailing of Anwar Ibrahim, accusations of improprieties at the sovereign wealth fund, the much disputed handling of Rohingya migrants, growing signs of intolerance towards Christians and, most recently, naked tourists blamed for an earthquake. Wong Chen, who is an Opposition member of the Malaysian parliament. contended at an FCC lunch on July 6 that these seemingly unrelated events are symptoms of a failing government that has lost its way. He spoke about life as a member of Parliament with a front-row seat on Malaysias slide into economic disarray and more limited democracy. On the positive side, Wong also spoke about what needs to be done for Malaysia to regain its mojo.
Wong, who represents Kelana Jaya, chaired and co-wrote the alternative Pakatan Rakyat Budget 2015. A former corporate lawyer, Wong was also the chairman of the Investment and Trade Bureau of Anwar Ibrahim’s party, The People’s Justice Party.