Amid calls for greater integrity in Malaysia’s future leaders, Federal Territories Umno Youth chief Mohd Razlan Rafii voiced optimism in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) successes in purportedly arresting corrupt officials.
“Today, thank God, the MACC is arresting all the wrongdoers,” he said, drawing applause from his audience.
“I believe the government will continue fostering the country, and in the end we will have civil servants and private sector of high integrity, and by 2050 – believe it – we will have a leader who is truly of high integrity,” he told a TN50 dialogue session in Titiwangsa yesterday.
Speaking as a panellist, he said this after one participant said he aspires for Malaysia to have leaders of high integrity, among others.
Also on the panel was federal minister and Titiwangsa MP Johari Abdul Ghani.
However, Razlan said the goal also rests with the participants, whom he said may one day become directors, secretaries-general, or achieve other positions of power.
“We have to ask ourselves: are we susceptible to bribery? (Susceptible) to abuse our power?
“We have to ask ourselves. Sometimes we point fingers at others, but the leading of a society cannot be done by one person. It’s about society, so we have to do it properly,” he said.
The MACC has been cracking down on corruption over the past few months, and its actions include the arrest and prosecution of Johor exco member Abdul Latif Bandi for 33 counts of corruption totalling over RM30 million.
Abdul Latif has since claimed trial and resigned from his post.
MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad had said that the commission has a list of cases that it either wants to investigate or prosecute each week, and it is a matter of time before action is taken against wrongdoers.
However, the commission still faces persistent perception that it only arrests ‘small fry’, leaving the powerful to reign free.
Bribe giving on rise
On a related matter, the MACC has conducted regular studies surveying university students on their willingness to accept bribes, and it showed an increasing willingness to commit the crime.
Bernama quoted MACC deputy chief commissioner Shamsun Bahrin Mohd Jamil saying that about 16 percent of respondents said they are willing to accept bribes if given the opportunity.
Without disclosing the number of students surveyed, the reported said the figure was only 11.3 percent in 2014, and 10.7 percent in 2015.
The proportion of students willing to offer bribes had also increased, while the proportion of students willing to report graft fell, the study showed.