Cheras Umno division leader Syed Ali Alhabshee has refuted the claim that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is attempting to spruce Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s image.
Syed Ali Alhabshee denied that the commission’s move against several high-profile individuals was related to the forthcoming general election.
“I am disappointed with the allegation that MACC is purportedly going after the corrupt due to Najib’s instruction because the election is close. This is rubbish,” he said in a blog.
Syed Ali also dismissed the allegation that MACC’s actions were aimed at winning over the people before the election is held.
“This is a baseless claim. MACC has nothing to with politics, let alone be used as a tool by Umno to garner votes,” he added.
On the contrary, Syed Ali said, Umno, as the backbone of BN, would not compromise on those involved in corruption.
“Umno has always been open and willing to work with MACC to stem graft,” he added.
Corruption is like cancer
He noted that when MACC arrested high-profile individuals, it is dismissed as a “charade” and when it does not carry out arrests, the commission is accused of neglecting its duties.
Expressing pride in the commission, Syed Ali urged MACC to be more aggressive in battling corruption, irrespective of whether it involves high-profile individuals, including politicians.
He said those who indulge in corruption must be taught a lesson.
“Corruption is cancerous. If it is allowed to spread, it can lead to the downfall of the nation and the people losing their pride,” he warned.
Syed Ali also crticised the opposition for belittling the prime minister’s caution to civil servants not to be involved in corruption.
He said the opposition should instead work with the government to prevent the problem.
“Corruption can happen anywhere, it can happen to civil servants in the states governed by the opposition as well,” he added.