See No Evil: Malaysia's Open Secret

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Following the airport murder of Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, the criminal justice system of Malaysia has received increased international attention. But finding favorable responses is no easy task.

This is no surprise. An observer could quickly become frustrated by the challenge of reconciling the gap between what the system professes and what it actually practices. While this gap is likely to exist in most justice systems, the unusually thin veiling of the true agenda of the Malaysia system can come as a bit of a shock to the uninitiated.

These "open secrets" include the most fundamental notion, understood by all, spoken by none: justice systems are controlled not by rule, law, nor fairness, but by power and influence - whose evil will always be overlooked. Beneath the system's pomp and pageantry beats the heart of savagery - wealth and power crushing anything in its path to greater wealth and power.

This series summarizes some of the more prominent cases of public murders in Malaysia, where it can be seen that the Kim Jong-nam case has precedents - and likely will not be the last such demonstration of the norm of perverse 1 justice in Malaysia.

  1. "perverse" was how the lawyer for Doan Thi Huong described the decision of the Attorney General to make his client the sole person convicted for the death of Kim Jong-nam: "AG refuses Vietnamese woman’s bid to drop Jong-nam murder charge"