'Anti-graft lessons for elected reps' reads the title of a report on The Sun tabloid dated November 9th 2009.
The report states that the 'MACC will hold special sessions to educate MPs and state assemblymen on practices and offences that amounted to corruption to deter corruption among politicians'. Doesn't this sound stupid? I am just a retired military officer and I don't need to be taught what constitutes the practice of corruption. For any ordinary person who have at bit of education and conscience will know what is corruption and what is not.
And do you honestly think the MACC sessions be of any meaning to those MPs and assemblymen whom the public knows are deeply mired in corruption? Just look at one particular former MB who within a span of two terms in office can afford to built a house worth millions? And I am now told that even some senior military officers can also afford to built a house that costs more than a million immediately upon his retirement. I suppose they have been taught some useful lessons from politicians on how to make in rich while in power. I just wonder if they have any conscience at all to be living in such luxury, knowing full well that the wealth that they have acquired is through some dubious acts.
If indeed the MACC wants to conduct the sessions to MPs and assemblymen, I would suggest that the sessions be extended to the senior members of the Armed Forces and including all senior government servants as well. A session simply for the MPs and assemblymen is not good enough because for corruption to work, it has to have a network of people to partake in the act. Corruption will not work without the connivance of others.
There has been far too many people in high places that are involved in corruption, but we are yet to see some big names being charged. Now that the PKFZ 'mother of all scandal' report is out, it will be interesting to see if the allegation does 'stick' on those involved. And what about the infamous 'Palace of Khir Toyo'? Will the authorities be serious enough in getting down to the very bottom of this issue? Unless these issues are resolved, I will have little faith in the investigating authorities; be it the police, the MACC or any other investigating bodies formed by the government.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION