Can anyone believe the claim made by Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamed Hassan, that he was unaware that to transfer RM10 million to the UK through a money changer was wrong? It is unbelievable for a lawmaker that he is, to be so ignorant of the law relating to money transfer. Is this guy playing stupid, just like former Selangor Menteri Besar Muhammed Taib when he claimed not to have understood simple English when caught at an airport in Australia with large amount of cash. Mind you Muhammed Taib was schooled at a time when English was widely used as a medium of instruction. Who are these guys trying to fool, and for playing stupid, they have made themselves even more dumb and stupid.
It was reported that several more people with titles to their name have engaged in 'illegal money transfers'. Clearly, if it isn't ill-gotten wealth that they were trying to hide away, why then have they to do money transfers via the illegal way. And going by the amount being transferred by Mohamed Hassan, calls for a thorough explanation as to the source of the money. Don't tell us that it was a bank loan that he took; just like Khir Toyo when he built his palatial home. At least Khir Toyo had better justification for his source of money i.e. his earnings from his dental clinic......that was what he claimed.
It is examples like these that have made the public angry, where there is a total disregard for integrity and honesty; traits that are vital to be upheld by leaders. A so-called leader like Mohamed Hassan by his act, simply does not qualify being a leader. He has set a poor example, and public perception of him now is one of a dishonest politician mired in corrupt practices. If a similar act is to happen to a Japanese or a Korean politician where personal honour is upheld to the extreme, the politician will have to committed suicide. But here in this blessed country, corrupt politicians takes a different course of action by adopting the infamous denial stance. They will deny everything, and the case will slowly fade into oblivion.
Sadly too, vital traits expected of leaders today has little meaning, let alone being practiced. Back in the 60's, corruption among public servants is virtually unheard off. My late father used to speak to me about his bosses and praised them for their honesty, integrity and hard work. He says that his bosses deserved respect, and for him to do something untoward that will shame his bosses is something unthinkable.
Today, besides politicians, top public servants have somewhat got the taste for being corrupt. I have been told that some who are nearing retirement have cleverly devised arrangements and plans to 'reap the harvest' immediately upon retirement. They do this by offering lucrative contracts to their cronies while they are in the position of power, and be paid the 'dividends' after retirement. Some are also known to have taken up positions as Chairman in such companies where they were working in cohort upon retirement.
Senior military officers in position of power today have also learned skills to accumulate wealth while in service; unlike their civilian counterparts who prefers to wait a while, until they retire. I have been told that the way these senior military officers work is to position a member of their family in the company that they are working in cohort, and to cleverly direct contracts to the company. Being in the position of power, they are fully aware of the tenders to be awarded, and will stamp their authority to ensure the tenders are awarded to companies having an established link with them.
I have always said to people that the only way to root out this corrupt practice among members of the military is to get the guilty ones into jail, regardless of their status and position. To shame them is the only thing they know and deserve, in order the save the noble military profession from being led by a bunch of corrupt officers, void of integrity and honesty.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION