MACC chief com­mis­sioner urges judges to up­hold in­tegrity

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN HAIKAL JALIL AT THE DE­WAN RAKYAT YES­TER­DAY

PU­TRA­JAYA: Judges were yes­ter­day re­minded to up­hold their in­tegrity as they are the last refuge of the peo­ple in seek­ing jus­tice.

He ad­vised judges to pass sen­tences on wrong do­ers with courage and with­out fear.

“Do not al­low any­one to breach the doors of jus­tice. Pun­ish them and let it be a de­ter­rent and warn­ing to those ob­serv­ing from out­side,” said Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ahmad in an open let­ter to mark his 100th day in of­fice at the MACC head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

Dzulk­i­fli did not mince his words when he re­it­er­ated his stance on graft.

Vow­ing to come down hard on back­han­ders and power abusers, he pledged his life in his all-out war to free the coun­try of cor­rupt prac­tices.

“For those in­volved in cor­rup­tion, lis­ten to this warn­ing again. Stop this be­trayal of the na­tion by your cor­rupt ways and abuse of power. Step down and sur­ren­der. Do not con­tinue be­ing ar­ro­gant or you will soon face the music and fall,” said the for­mer deputy pub­lic prose­cu­tor who as­sumed the top MACC post on Aug 1.

Dzulk­i­fli urged politi­cians and com­mu­nity lead­ers to live up to their prom­ises to the peo­ple and not hood­wink them with “tales” to bury the truth.

“Up­hold the trust given to you by the peo­ple who want jus­tice. Con­vince us by fight­ing cor­rup­tion and power abuse so that it is wiped out from this land.” he said.

He urged Malaysians es­pe­cially par­ents, teach­ers and civil ser­vants to awaken to the cur­rent state and not al­low the coun­try to slide into dis­as­ter.

As for his fel­low MACC staff, he ad­vised them to sol­dier on with their du­ties with­out fear or favour.

“I re­alise I have been given the huge and chal­leng­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity of lead­ing the MACC and as the days pass, I am op­ti­mistic and con­fi­dent that it can be done as I can feel the un­di­vided sup­port, sin­cer­ity and ac­cep­tance of my huge MACC fam­ily.”

Dzulk­i­fli Ahmad

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