Footnote taken from The Trouble With Malaysia, a Brian Yap essay from the book New Malaysian Essays 1
Datuk Zakaria Mat Deros is the Klang municipal councillor who was embroiled in scandal after scandal in 2006.
However, the most visible controversy - it was not hard to see a house with a large koi pond, swimming pool, a mini golf course, 16 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms - was his mansion, built without permits.
While smaller structures had been demolished for similar offences, calls for Zakaria's house to suffer the same fate went unheeded.
However, he was nice enough to give the media a tour of the house, as well as inviting some 400 orphans to spend one night.
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