MACC issues stern warning to all, no compromise in eradicating corruption

ADRIAN DAVID

KUALA TERENGGANU: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad has reminded all Malaysians on the perils of corruption, stating that the agency will not budge in its efforts to curb corruption.

Warning that the heat is on, Dzulkifli said the MACC will not compromise on safeguarding the integrity of the country, more so the civil service, in order to restore confidence in the government.

“People today have matured and are smart enough (to blow the whistle) on those involved in corrupt practices, which were threatening the country’s integrity.

“People are looking towards a clean and corrupt-free society.

“Therefore, there is no or little opportunity, especially for civil servants, to be involved in corrupt practices.

“So beware, that we (the MACC) are not alone in the fight to eradicate corruption, but have the collaboration of all quarters,” he said, adding that this had led to numerous successful arrests recently.

These include former Terengganu Forestry Department director Datuk Azmi Nordin, 58, who was charged at the Kuala Terengganu Sessions court with three counts of corruption.

The other is a prominent 54-year-old politician-cum-entrepreneur from Klang, Selangor with the title of ‘Tan Sri’ for allegedly brokering honorific state and federal titles.

Dzulkifli added that the commission welcomed the openness and bold initiatives taken by various government agencies to come forward with anti-corruption measures.

“The sense of personal ownership, responsibility and accountability has checked the abuse of power by public servants.

“Many agencies are using the MACC guidelines as a yardstick to practice good governance,” he said at the Terengganu state executive council’s ‘corruption-free pledge’ ceremony at Wisma Darul Iman.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman read the pledge in the presence of nine other state exco members.

“Upon taking the oath, they have readily tied and bound themselves against corrupt practices and abuse of power, in official dealings and behaviour.

“This will be a firm reminder for themselves to serve with integrity,” said Dzulkifli.

He added that MACC was also focusing on graft and the rampant abuse concerning environmental protection, including illegal land clearing and logging activities.

“With rapid development taking place, we want to preserve and protect the environment from being abused, as it also affects the state’s and federal’s coffers,” said Dzulkifli.

Razif said the state government decided to take the oath in line with the New Terengganu Transformation plan which it envisions to restore public perception on the credibility, transparency, integrity and trustworthiness of its leaders.

“We have been rattled by accusations by the Opposition of malpractices which has affected the public’s confidence on our governance.

“Good governance is important for us to be a successful state. Corruption is a cancer that can destroy us,” said Razif.