Don't know if any of the readers ever heard of Mr. Winchester? He was once the most famous gun magnate in the world and one of the richest persons in his time; the era of the America Wild Wild West. He made his fortune from selling rifle and ammunition and has amassed a fortune in the millions that are equivalent to billions today. Even till this day, Winchester company is still around and the rifle made by them is still considered as the Rolex of Rifle.
So how could a rich gun magnate from the 18th century America has any common with Dato Seri Shafie Abdal? Let us find out how and why.
Mr. Winchester made his fortune from weapon trades that has caused countless lives. When he died of tuberculosis in 1881, he left a fortune of USD20 million plus half of the share of his arms company to his wife, Sara Winchester. Although being a rich widow, she didn't live a good life after her husband passed away. She felt those people that were killed and murdered by the weapons that her husband made were coming back to haunt her. After she sees a psychic she was advised that the only way to avoid these unrest spirits was to build something for them. And so she took the advice and started building in her own mansion in 1884 and has never stopped until her death. Because of her wealth, she was able to support this never ending construction job in her mansion. She builds staircases that lead to ceiling or wall, windows that open to the wall or to nothing, walkways that lead to doors that open to a wall or to a steep drop, and many other weir and freak constructions in her mansion that is known as the Winchester Mystery House.
So what have all these got to do with DSSA? Let's find out.
SPRM has discovered that during DSSA was the minister of KKLW, he too has implemented many weir projects in Sabah to the tune of RM7.5 billion from 2010 to 2015. According to the news report, many of these projects were hastily built, some are unfinished but fully paid, and some only exist in project title and nothing was built but payment was made.
Projects such as water treatment plant built on a river that has very little or no water at all, roads that built in the remote area that benefit very few people, and electric cable that starts from nowhere and ends at nowhere without connecting to the main grid. It is because of all these funny and defiance all logic and common senses projects that remind me of the famous Winchester Mystery House.
So there you go, this is the answer and the commonality shared by both DSSA and the Winchester; they both like to build things that lead to nowhere or serve no purpose. Maybe they both have their own's shadow to avoid.