The Anti-Corruption Agency recent arrests of top Immigration Department officers on corrupt practice does not prove anything. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that the arrests prove that even big fish can be caught. But I don't think it prove anything. Corruption are still very rampant.
Why ? ACA should have done their work 5 years ago when Abdullah take overs from Mahathir. ACA has been sleeping since then. Only upon instruction from PM, that ACA woke up and do investigation. And that is also partly because of pressure on BN after they do badly in the General Election.
So during those 5 years, ACA would only investigate if the suspect has no link to the PM, his son-in-law or cronies. There are several Chief Ministers in some states that rule like a king and live like a king. Did ACA do anything ? Certainly, those Chief Ministers, the PM, his son-in-law and cronies are above ACA.
Note: Just visited ACA website at http://www.bpr.gov.my. The site didn't even have proper English translation pages. 99% of the pages in the site are in BM. To spread the information, ACA must also target non-Malay so that they can give info to ACA. What I'm trying to say is that, corruption knows no race or religion. As such, ACA must expand their outreach to other races in term of getting public tips as well as spreading info and procedures on their website to other races.
PM: Arrests show that even big fish can be caught
By JANE RITIKOS
PETALING JAYA: The detention of two top Immigration Department officers by the Anti-Corruption Agency in investigations into allegation of bribery in the issuance of visas to foreign workers if proof that even big fish will not be let off the hook, the Prime Minister said.
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that the public was shocked by the detention of the top officers as if it was unusual.
"So they perceive that big guns cannot be arrested and that is why they are shocked? All this while the authorities act on "big or small" people, whether they hold posts or not.
"As long as there is misconduct, the ACA will investigate. If they obtain information that ties the accused to the crime they will surely charge them, " he said after opening the National Summit on Urban Poor and Low Income Groups.
On whether the alleged offence threatened national security, Abdullah said the probe might involve massive work as the ACA would need to identify those involved and the extent of the problem which included training those who had been issued the documents through the illegal means.
He said the alleged offence had caused an undesirable situation.
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Monday, July 14, 2008