The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) statistics this week has highlighted the fact corruption in the civil service is at alarming levels, said PKR.
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said he viewed as serious MACC deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki’s revelation 665 civil servants have been detained for corruption last year.
“To me, this is an extremely large figure because it involves civil servants who ought to be of integrity and who should be taking good care of the people’s funds,” he said in a statement today.
He urged the MACC to step up its efforts and to go after those high up in office as well.
“It is hoped MACC will fight corruption without taking into account of rank and position, and not only just arrest the ‘ikan bilis’ but leave the sharks untouched.
“We don’t want this country to be called ‘Malaysia Darul Rasuah’ (land of corruption). That would be extremely shameful,” said Saifuddin.
He said the scourge of corruption in the civil service was increasingly worrying, particularly cases involving agencies such as the Water Department, Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), Mara and others.
Exposure of various cases including the 1MDB scandal and the issue of the RM2.6 billion purported donation deposited into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal accounts had caused Malaysia’s corruption perception index to fall.
“I believe the increase in the perceived corruption among civil servants has a strong impact on the people, and will cause suspicion and distrust in the public as well as in foreign investors in our civil service,” said Saifuddin.
The MACC this week hit the spotlight with the arrest of Johor exco Abd Latif Bandi over land-related corruption.
However, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub expressed doubt Latif’s activities could have gone unnoticed by his superiors, and urged the commission to probe further up the chain of command.