What a tragic situation? Or is that a joyful victory for the politicians?
The statement by the MACC investigation chief, Datuk Shukjri Abdul, that MACC will henceforth stop investigating politicians because of the badgering they give the commission, is most startling. The suggestion that a different body investigates cases involving politicians would open the way to different standards, procedures etc etc.(NST Sunday,August 16).
Can a Commission appointed by law, do this? Hasn't it all the power to carry on with its duties and responsibilities without fear or favor, protect itself from possible threats and persecution by other agents, legal or otherwise, including powerful politicians, and
bring people suspected of corruption to the court for a fair trial?
There cannot be a case of public officials getting fed up with the charges, blames and accusations thrown at them. They should be adequately protected by the laws of the country. If they are fed up with the antiques of the politicians, the law should see to it that officers of the MACC are not in anyway hampered by the politicians. To ensure that there's fairness in dealing with politicians from the government and the opposition, representatives of the opposition should be in the body that investigates politicians in the government and vice-versa. investigtions must be carried out by a team comprosing both professional officers and the political representives themselves. One must employ the wisdom of the saying: it takes a thief to catch a thief.
Whatever the government chooses to do now, dropping all investigations on politicians will be like giving coorruption among politicians an open acceptance. We will revert to the days when only the tiny fries will be caught while the sharks and whales can roam the open seas.