‘Give full sup­port to MACC’s ef­forts’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion’s (MACC) three-year dead­line for the coun­try to move high up the Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tions In­dex (CPI) must be sup­ported by all.

Malaysia Crime Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (MCPF) se­nior vicechair­man Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the move would send a clear sig­nal to the peo­ple that po­lit­i­cal par­ties must not com­pro­mise on graft.

Lee said the foun­da­tion also sup­ports the GERAH (Ger­akan Revo­lusi Anti-Ra­suah, or An­tiCor­rup­tion Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Move­ment) cam­paign launched by MACC in its bid to end cor­rupt prac­tices and abuse of power.

MACC Chief Com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad had said Malaysians would stand firmly against cor­rup­tion by 2020 and called for po­lit­i­cal par­ties not to field can­di­dates with tainted records in the gen­eral elec­tion.

“MACC’s call for cor­rup­tion to be de­clared as the coun­try’s ‘pub­lic en­emy No. 1’ should also be sup­ported by all and the agency must be given full sup­port by the gov­ern­ment, par­tic­u­larly all its law en­force­ment agen­cies, as well as all sec­tors of so­ci­ety,” Lee said.

He said based on me­dia re­ports on ar­rests made by the MACC, it ap­peared that cor­rup­tion in the pub­lic sec­tor was se­ri­ous and war­ranted stern ac­tion by en­force­ment agen­cies.

“Cor­rup­tion also ex­ists in the pri­vate sec­tor and the all-out war against graft should also be ex­tended to pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions.

“Only when the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors are purged of cor­rupt per­son­nel will their cred­i­bil­ity be re­in­forced and pub­lic con­fi­dence strength­ened.”

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