Always bukan ket waktu tapi ket intensitas suatu kegiatan. Jadi bisa digunakan di setiap tenses.
Ket waktu : yesterday, today, the day after tommorow, tonight, last day, next year
Ket intensitas : always, rarely, seldom, usually
Why does the sentence use simple past (took) but here has "always"?
It's fine. The sentence will have the implicit meaning: in the past, it always happens like that.
Does "took" here indicate the simple past form? or is it because it's a passive form? (disalahkan= took the blame)