I had in August last year, and again in March this year, posted an article regarding the alledged corruption charge against former Director General Tourism Ministry, Datuk Mirza Mohammed Taiyab, that is presently on trial. I wrote the articles because I was convinced that Datuk Mirza was innocent of the charge, and a victim of some unscrupulous person(s), high up in the Tourism Ministry. I am not surprised that a politician may be involved as well.
I was elated, when I read a report in the online NST, that a witness in the trial, Zulhisyam Ayob had declared that Datuk Mirza was not aware of the payment made for the latter's dental treatment amounting RM13,000. Zulhisyam Ayob was the ex-husband of the owner of the dental clinic, Dr. Khamsiah Ghulam Haider, and she too declared that her ex-husband did told her not to reveal to Datuk Mirza of the payment. This only confirms Datuk Mirza's passionate declaration to me that he had no knowledge of who actually paid for his dental bills, during a lunch meeting with him in March this year.
I do not know Datuk Mirza before our lunch meeting, but I have heard from friends in the tourism industry that Datuk Mirza is a trustworthy person of high dignity, and does not succumb easily to corrupt practices. He is god fearing, they say, and is well regarded by those who had served him in the ministry.
The only thing that I could say now is that the report of the alledged corruption by Datuk Mirza was the work of someone with an evil mind who was not pleased with him, and is out to frame him. It could well be the work of someone from within the ministry itself, and it cannot be by someone in the lower ranks of the ministry. It has to be someone prominent, and I wonder who could this person be?
I wish Datuk Mirza succeeds in clearing the air over his alledged corruption case, and if he is succeeds in his trial, god willing, it is only proper that he be redeemed to his former position as the Director General, and be paid back for all that he had lost in terms of his deprived remuneration.
But this case must not just end upon Datuk Mirza having succeeded in winning his case. A fresh battle must be launched in the courts i.e. to get the truth out of the person(s) who had framed Datuk Mirza, and justice will be done only when the truth is out. And from this case, I have been taught one thing; that it painful to be honest and a trustworthy public servant. On the contrary, it pays well to be unscrupulous.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION