WHATEVER the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) RM31 billion foreign exchange (forex) trading losses in the early 1990s, the management of the country’s monetary and foreign reserve policy has never been the same.
THE nation has heard the cry for help: it could not have been any louder than that which followed the blaze that claimed 23 lives at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school in Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur. Not that there weren’t any cries before. In fact, there have been as many as the number of past fires. At last count, there have been 1,034 tahfiz school fires. Of those, 211 buildings were razed to the ground. Many still remember a similar tragedy in 1989, when 27 young lives were lost in Kedah. This latest fire tells the same story of neglect.