The Malaysian Insider dated September 09, 2011 article, “Malaysian procurement system riddled with corruption” jolted me like a person who had just being electrocuted. The startling article is said to have been obtained from a US Embassy cable being revealed by whistleblower site Wikileaks. This revelation will certainly cast lots of doubts and raised questions among civil society as to the authenticity and veracity of the article. For me, I have no doubt as to the veracity of the article.
I had all along said in no uncertain terms that corruption at all levels of government is already a well embedded culture; a cancerous like disease that is no longer curable by the best possible medicine and treatment in the world. Looking back at what I have been writing in my CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION, I now feel a sense of total relieve that my ‘accusations’ on how corrupt our society is today is fully justified. My ‘accusations’ are not unfounded, but it comes from the very people that have been doing businesses with various government agencies/officials, and where some are forced to shut down their businesses due to unbearable demands by officials within the corrupt system.
Certainly, I am not the least surprised that even military officials were mentioned by Wikileaks, besides the mention of politicians, agents and civil servants. I know that there are some retired military officials today living off their corrupt gains in style and luxury. But there is one thing that I have been taught by my elders that for those who are living a luxurious life off their ill gotten wealth are a curse in themselves, and that curse permeates through several of their generation.
Islam forbids in the strongest term the act of corruption, and I am thoroughly sad to see that the Malays, especially those in politics, civil servants and the military are the ones that easily succumb to corruption. This is disgusting, and I just wonder why as Muslims that profess Islam as their religion, they do not fear the wrath of the All Mighty as prescribed in the Koran. Do they not read the Koran or listened to the Friday sermons?
A friend of mine who is well versed in religion and to whom I would usually confer had said that for those who are corrupt, their hearts are closed to do anything good, and it is only the evil worldly gains that matters to them. I do not claim to be a religious person but as one gets older, one should realize what is righteous and what’s wrong. It is through this self realization that one should cease to do anything that is deemed evil, particularly one of an act of corruption.
I had in the past been hitting out at some procurement issues within the Armed Forces that I believe is riddled with corruption. I have written about it in several articles, but what I got in return are words to describe me as a person who is frustrated and jealous of the achievements of others. I can now say to my detractors that I have not taken a single cent from anyone, contractors or otherwise, and that I have fed my family with my honest earnings. To my detractors, please go on to say what you want, for it is only the All Mighty that I believe to judge my destiny; on earth and in the hereafter.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION