I had on two previous occasions posted an article concerning former Director General Tourism Malaysia Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab who was accused of accepting gratification in the form of a paid dental treatment amounting to RM 13,860 from Perunding Pakar Media Sdn Bhd director without consideration.
I firmly held that Datuk Mirza is innocent of the charge, and that he is a victim of some unscrupulous officials reportedly from within his department, rather than he being a villain. And sure enough, the KL Sessions Court had on Friday, July 24, 2009 acquitted Datuk Mirza of the charge of corruption, after four years of agonising wait and overbearing humiliation.
Since being charged in 2005, Datuk Mirza had been under suspension from duty, and I am not so sure whether he had been paid a salary. I could imagine how he and his family had to endure the long trial, shame and humiliation at knowing that he did not commit the offence. And to those that had initiated the report with malice in their hearts, I can only say that their time to be placed on trial will be in the hereafter. There will be no lawyers to defend them. It is only their hands, mouth, legs, eyes and ears that will bear testimony and witness to their misdeeds in front of Allah, the All Mighty. As a Muslim, 'fitnah' is a grievous crime.
Truth and justice had prevailed in this instant. But for a mere RM13,860, Datuk Mirza's image that had been held in high esteem by his colleagues had been battered, and it will take sometime for him to rebuild that lost image.
We occasionally read today that there are many others that have got away with millions in ill- gotten wealth, and are shamelessly enjoying themselves, and with one former Menteri Besar to quote. Even reports have been made against them, but somehow it does not seemed that important for a case to be filed against them by the authorities.I suppose being rich and a position in society in this country, gives one the immunity against a criminal proceeding.
I bid Datuk Mirza and his family well in their future undertakings, and I am quite sure that with time, all that they had gone through will hopefully be erased from their memory. I am not sure whether Datuk Mirza would now want to continue with his previously held occupation, and will there be any effort to pin down the main culprit that had with malicious intent, launched the report against Datuk Mirza.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION