We must play our part to help MACC fight graft

New Straits Times - - Letters -

I HAVE to give credit to Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad for his bold re­marks. It was mu­sic to my ears as a for­mer chair­man of the MACC Panel on Pre­ven­tion of Cor­rup­tion.

But hav­ing stressed his courage and con­vic­tion to “rid graft in the coun­try”, I hope all par­ties — the govern­ment, po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and the peo­ple — will back MACC to fight cor­rup­tion.

There are ma­jor is­sues that Dzulk­i­fli will be up against:

dec­la­ra­tion of graft as the na­tion’s No. 1 en­emy is right and proper, and will be most wel­come by all, ex­cept the cor­rupt and the would-be cor­rupt. The govern­ment should call cor­rup­tion one of the coun­try’s big­gest na­tional ene­mies, along with racism and reli­gious big­otry;

will be rad­i­cal changes and the war will ex­tend to traf­fick­ing, il­le­gal gam­bling, en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and lax bor­der se­cu­rity; the wrong way. But what about the horses that have bolted out of the sta­ble?

They should not be al­lowed to con­test be­cause we will be vot­ing for cor­rupt lead­ers.

Also his pro­posal for can­di­dates to un­dergo a back­ground screen­ing for cor­rup­tion is wel­come;

hate cor­rup­tion but many dare not re­port for fear of reprisals;

the need for 1,000 MACC of­fi­cers to play the role of cre­at­ing aware­ness and an­other 1,000 of­fi­cers to deal with ad­min­is­tra­tion mat­ters, we should get ev­ery­one in­volved to fight cor­rup­tion;

should in­vite and even re­ward the public for in­for­ma­tion on cor­rup­tion.

This could be en­cour­aged from the 1.6 mil­lion civil ser­vants and busi­ness peo­ple.

I hope Dzulk­i­fly is al­lowed to serve his full term and be­yond to make our dream of wip­ing out cor­rup­tion come true.

This may be our last chance to get out of the cor­rup­tion trap.

I hope the govern­ment takes MACC’s ad­vice se­ri­ously and com­mits it­self be­fore and af­ter the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion to de­feat this threat to our na­tional sus­tain­abil­ity and sur­vival.

TAN SRI RA­MON NAVARATNAM, Chair­man, Asli Cen­tre of Public Pol­icy Stud­ies

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