3-YEAR PLAN TO BOOST NA­TION’S RANK­ING

We want a so­ci­ety that ab­hors cor­rup­tion, says MACC chief com­mis­sioner

New Straits Times - - News -

FAR­RAH NAZ KARIM KUALA LUMPUR far­rah@nst.com.my

THE coun­try’s graft­busters have set a three-year dead­line for Malaysia to move high up the Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tions In­dex (CPI).

Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) Chief Com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad said the agency’s game plan to im­prove the coun­try’s stand­ing in the global cor­rup­tion barom­e­ter was well in mo­tion.

He was pos­i­tive that by then, so­ci­ety would stand up firmly against the scourge.

“By 2020, we want a so­ci­ety that ab­hors cor­rup­tion.

“Fight­ing back with ‘Why should I pay!’ will come nat­u­rally to them when they are asked for bribes.

“Now, we have reached a stage where many Malaysians feel that even though they de­test cor­rup­tion, they have to grease palms as it seemed ex­pected of them,” he said.

The aim to stem cor­rupt norms in so­ci­ety, he said, be­gan with public of­fice hold­ers and the civil ser­vice.

The com­mis­sion’s newly launched cam­paign, GERAH (Ger­akan Revo­lusi An­tiRa­suah/Anti-Cor­rup­tion Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Move­ment), Dzulk­i­fli said, plainly meant “putting the heat on the cor­rupt”.

“There is no other agenda to this, but to put an end to cor­rupt prac­tices and abuse of power.

“This war tran­scends pol­i­tics, race or re­li­gion. MACC is the peo­ple’s ap­pa­ra­tus in rein­ing in the scourge.”

Dzulk­i­fli said by say­ing no to graft, it will solve a host of the coun­try’s prob­lems, in­clud­ing the se­ri­ous so­cial is­sues Malaysians had been grap­pling with.

This, he said, in­cluded syn­di­cates run­ning vice dens know­ing that “they have pro­tec­tion”, en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion and en­croach­ment of the bor­ders.

“Our laws are strong... it is time they are en­forced with­out those re­spon­si­ble for do­ing so be­ing com­pro­mised by cor­rup­tion,” he said, adding that the MACC tar­get ar­eas were clear and that they cov­ered en­force­ment, pro­cure­ment and grand cor­rup­tion.

Since Dzulk­i­fli came into of­fice in Au­gust last year, the agency has been pros­e­cut­ing cases al­most non-stop.

Many of them in­volved high­pro­file cases; from abuse of power by Tan Sris, se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cers and politi­cians, to bribery in­volv­ing en­force­ment agen­cies.

MACC Deputy Chief Com­mis­sioner (oper­a­tions) Datuk Azam Baki told the New Straits Times that the aim laid out by the com­mis­sion’s chief to keep the mo­men­tum up had been go­ing ac­cord­ing to plan.

“There is no scal­ing back. The min­i­mum (tar­get) set is one case a week and we will make sure of that,” he said.

Malaysia was ranked 54th in the CPI an­nounced by Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Malaysia in Jan­uary. It fell from num­ber 50 the year be­fore, scor­ing 50 points (from 52) out of 100.

Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad

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