MACC should probe past cases to weed out cor­rup­tion

New Straits Times - - Letters -

WED­NES­DAY, MAY 17, 2017 IF a Grade 42 Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer can ac­cu­mu­late money and as­sets worth RM6.57 mil­lion within two to three years, what is there to pre­vent higher grade of­fi­cers from amass­ing an even big­ger loot?

This is the pub­lic’s cur­rent per­cep­tion of graft.

These se­nior rank­ing of­fi­cers can even de­velop a so­phis­ti­cated net­work to hide their ill-got­ten gains.

Is the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­gat­ing this pos­si­bil­ity?

Without cast­ing any as­per­sions on the Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment and its staff, which on the whole have per­formed well, a cor­rupt net­work is not im­pos­si­ble.

There are peo­ple who have com­mit­ted cor­rupt prac­tices but are lucky in that they have not been ap­pre­hended.

One of the most glar­ing signs that cor­rup­tion is present is when one lives be­yond his means.

If the MACC casts its in­ves­tiga­tive net wide enough, it will find that there are peo­ple liv­ing be­yond their means.

We must re­mem­ber they are only civil ser­vants.

They can, but are highly un­likely to be­come multi-mil­lion­aires overnight, es­pe­cially af­ter re­tire­ment.

We urge the MACC to re­visit past cases, in­clud­ing the va­lid­ity of poi­son pen letters, as many dare not make for­mal re­ports for fear of reprisal.

While we must con­grat­u­late the MACC for its ex­cel­lent work, the pub­lic’s per­cep­tion is that not all cor­rup­tion cases are treated justly.

The anti-graft agency must work harder to weed out cor­rupt prac­tices.

To this end, we must salute MACC chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad for his com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion.

DATUK AH­MAD SIDEK Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor

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