Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Corrupation and Leakages…...
Malaysia's standing as a corrupt prone country has improved according to recent international survey and listing. Yet, we read in the media, especially in the social and informal channel, about huge scams and shady dealings by government related companies involving billions and millions of ringgit. They make the thousand-ringgit-corruption cases involving government servants look like peanuts or moth-holes hiding the huge rends and tears in the national economy caused by the huge and messy scandals.
The Malaysian AntiCorruptin Commission seems to be doing a fine job, roping in big names and high-standing national figures for thorough investigation. The big "sharks" are now, therefore, being cornered and threatened, irrespective of their camps and cables. But some of the cases being investigated into like the 1MDB with a debt of over RM36 billion and the Cameron Highland illegal land utilisation, involved names that can shake the pillars of the nation. Can the MACC really pull up the rogues in shining armour or the wolves in sheep clothing to face the law? Huge government-related financial scamps are not committed by just a few manipulators; they involve big guns and powerful gate-keepers….The New MACC Emblem
The Custom Department, the Police, and even the lawmakers are all suspect, with some cases already emerging as proof that the suspicion indeed holds some water. Is the MACC powerful enough to unearth the huge internal scamps and scandals buried in the huge and powerful bureaucracies involved? By itself I'm sure the MACC will ultimately buckle up under political and governmental pressure. As already observed some corrupt and scandalous cases after prolonged investigation and even criminal proceedings at considerable costs, just simmered into oblivion. That can also happen to the huge cases being unearthed by MACC.
The old Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency-not powerful enough
What is required is a full, undivided, vocal and explicit support from the public. The public must stand solidly behind the investigations of the MACC and endorse every effort to bring the cases it uncovers to the Court. The public must also keep a very sharp eye on the Judiciary so as to expose and block any undue influence from the powers that be. Ironically, that power lies with the public through its representatives in the government. So the representatives themselves must be watched with relentless caution so that due sanction can be passed when they area found to be not entirely trustworthy…..
New demand by the public
What type of a public do we want to be able to do all the above? That is the biggest question to be answered by the people of the nation themselves. Unless the Malaysian people rise up to the occasion, irrespective of their political beliefs and affinity, and MACC is given a full public sanction to go ahead with its uncovering of the huge scamps and scandals in the country, the corruption, leakages, the rends and the tears in the national economy will continue to pull back the progress of the nation. More, they can pull the nation underwater and drown us all.
With the drop in oil and rubber prices and the huge financial problems faced by some of the major government-related companies in the country such as the 1MDB, the Malaysian Airlines Berhad,etc., the emergence of more corrupt practices and financial scamps in the higher echelon of the public service is really frightening. It would appear that the MACC has an onerous task to save the dnation from financial disaster.