Over the last few days two cases of corruption were reported in the media. The first involving a politician and the other, a senior a government official. What horrifies me is that both are Malays, and I say without any inhibition that they are a disgrace to the Malay race.
First, Mustafa Salim, the Lenggeng assemblyman has been found guilty of accepting RM2000 from a contractor as inducement to issue a supporting letter to mine sand. The offence was committed two years ago. Sentence will be fixed on 1st April, i.e. on April fool day. Should he be sentenced to prison, we can shall see another by-election; the 16th I think.
Second, Datuk Bakaruddin Othman, the FT and Urban Wellbeing Ministry Deputy Secretary General and former President Selayang Municipal Council claimed trial to using the council’s funds to renovate his private home amounting to RM26,000. The offence was committed in 2001, and he having to rise to his current position is mind boggling. I thought that if a serving civil servant is being charged for an offence and is awaiting trial, he/she would have been suspended until the case is resolve. In this particular case, I think being moved from President Municipal Council and to be assigned to his current position is a promotion. Is this an oversight by the PSC, or is it the stand by PSC that regardless of the offence, a person is innocent until proven otherwise? And why does a simple case like this takes almost a decade to be heard?
The general view is that cases like this that involves politicians and government officials are merely the tip of the iceberg. These two personalities are unfortunate to be caught (or are they plain stupid) and I am sure there are many others like them, but they have been able to evade arrest. It is merely a matter of time when the others too will be caught because once a person indulges in corruption, it is an unstoppable crave. Corruption is akin to cancer that keeps recurring and is difficult to care.
For a paltry sum, these two personalities will be subjected to public humiliation, and what is worse, a likely prison term. I just wonder if the thought of a public humiliation and a prison term were conscious in their minds before they committed the offence. I personally don’t think so because the urge and temptation for illicit money and wealth is too much for them to reject. And I also tend to believe that this is not the first time they committed such an offence, but it must have been a number of times before. Normally, people would just ignore the ‘first timers’, and people will only begin to act against those that are persistently corrupt. It has also been observed that those that are corrupt tend to be boastful and would unconsciously show-off their newly acquired ill gotten wealth. This is when they finally get caught.
I do not have the slightest pity for these two offenders because being public figures they know too well the consequences. And if they are found to be guilty (hope they will), they will get two punishments i.e. first, the punishment they get on earth and secondly, the punishment that awaits them in the hereafter. Of course, the latter punishment is the most severe.
My question now, will this serve a lesson for others?
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION