KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) call to declare corruption and abuse of power as the country's number one public enemy must be supported by all, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
Lee who is Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice chairman, commended MACC’s ongoing aggressive effort to fight graft as it is in line with the public’s hope and aspiration to eradicate all forms of corruption in the country.
“MACC must be given the fullest support by the government particularly all its law enforcement agencies to help ensure that the war against corruption is effective and sustainable.
“Only when government bodies are purged of corrupt personnel will their credibility be reinforced and public confidence strengthened.
“From the reports on arrests made by the MACC, it appears that corruption in the public sector is serious and warrants stern action by the enforcement agencies,” he pointed out, adding that the all-out war against graft should also involve the private sector.
MACC’s continuous effort and actions against those involved, Lee said, must be free from interference from all quarters and “given a free hand to act without fear or favour”.
“Our laws on corruption should also be reviewed in order to empower the MACC to act effectively since corruption is pervasive, affecting almost every aspect of life.
“The public must also be proactive and report to the agency if they have information on graft and power abuse and based on evidence to support their claims,” he urged.
He added: “We cannot be unconcerned and complacent about corruption because it attacks not only the economic and social fabric of society but also the moral foundations of order”.
MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad had on Monday told members of the Senate in Parliament that corrupt enforcement officers and individuals, had contributed to the widespread of negative issues including drugs, illegal immigrants, smuggling, leakages of national revenue, border issues, financial crimes, gambling, and prostitution.