Transparency International (TI) in its recent report has ranked Malaysia as the 47th least corrupt nation in the world, out of 180 countries being reported, and is tied with Hungary and Jordon. The report also estimated that corruption figures could well reached an astounding RM10 billion a year.
Now, with the revelation of the figures, are we to believe that the report is untrue? Will there be someone to say that the figure is out to discredit the government and an opposition propaganda for the up-coming Bagan Pinang by-election? Anyway, what is RM10 billion compared to the PKFZ's financial scandal that is reported to be twice that amount? And for how long more are Malaysians to tolerate this unscrupulous acts of thievery by individuals and parties that are bent on bleeding the country's coffer to satisfy their greed and selfish self interests?
What has happened to our leaders who were suppose to be the voice of reason to fight corruption? What I hear so often from our leaders are the award of projects that costs millions, and who gets the projects are kept under veil. For those who dare reveal the owners of the projects, the OSA will be slammed on them. This is the practise of transparency; the Malaysian way.
For those who reads this posting of mine will surely say that I am anti establishment, which I am not. What I am very much against is the scourge of corruption that seems to lavish among those in power, without an end in sight. Now, even the once noble profession of the Armed Forces is believed to be mired deep in corruption by some unscrupulous officers, which hitherto is unthinkable. I am ashamed for I too was once a member of the Armed Forces.
My heart bleeds when someone approaches me to talk about corruption in the country, for I know that if nothing is done to eradicate this scourge, then it is the people that will suffer the consequences. The rich will remain rich, and the poor will become even more poorer.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION