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KUALA LUMPUR, 9 Nov (Bernama) — Semua penyiasatan oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) adalah bebas daripada campur tangan mana-mana pihak, kata Pengerusi Panel Penilaian Operasi (PPO) SPRM Tan Sri Dr Hadenan Abdul Abdul Jalil.
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Oktober 2012- Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini menyatakan kerajaan komited dalam usaha memerangi gejala rasuah dan ianya terus kekal menjadi keutamaan kerajaan dengan meletakkannya sebagai satu Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA) dalam Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP) dan Program Transformasi Ekonomi (ETP).
Katanya, pelbagai pendekatan yang diambil dalam membanteras gejala rasuah menunjukkan keseriusan kerajaan, termasuk transformasi aspek rangka kerja sehingga penubuhan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM).
“Kita selalu mendengar apabila orang bercakap mengenai rasuah, perkara pertama yang berada dalam fikiran adalah penyalahgunaan kuasa dalam kalangan penjawat kerajaan dan ahli-ahli politik dan kita perlu berhenti melihat perbuatan itu hanya kepada penjawat awam dan ahli-ahli politik.
“Tanggapan sedemikian sebenarnya cukup dangkal kerana pada hakikatnya gejala rasuah boleh dilakukan oleh sesiapa sahaja,” katanya ketika berucap pada majlis perasmian Persidangan Pertubuhan Agensi Penguat Kuasa Anti Rasuah Antarabangsa (IAACA) Keenam di Pusat Konvensyen Kuala Lumpur di sini.
Majlis disertai lebih 1,000 pegawai pencegah rasuah dari 120 negara itu turut dihadiri Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM, Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed dan Presiden IAACA, Prof. Cao Jianming.
Pada majlis itu, Najib turut menyerahkan sumbangan kerajaan sebanyak RM1 juta untuk menjayakan Akademi Anti Rasuah Antarabangsa kepada Pengerusi IAACA, Martin Kreutner.
Perdana Menteri, semua pihak patut melihat usaha memerangi rasuah dalam perspektif lebih luas kerana terdapat masyarakat berjaya mengurangkan aktiviti itu dengan bergantung kepada kesedaran sivik yang tinggi.
“Kesedaran ini boleh dilaksanakan dengan tumpuan khusus dalam etika, norma-norma dan nilai masyarakat yang berbeza.
“Kesedaran itu cukup kritikal kepada individu yang berada dalam kekuasaan jawatan dan kewibawaan untuk mencontohi nilai-nilai yang perlu diikuti oleh kumpulan yang berada di bawahnya,”katanya.
“Nilai kesedaran yang betul dan kepimpinan etika asal itu sebenarnya bermula dari rumah,” tegas beliau
Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has one of the best anti-corruption strategies in the world such as its on-going education approach through the school children and capacity building, said Australia Anti-Corruption Consultants Director Michael Symons. However, he cautioned that a country can never eradicate corruption overnight or entirely.
“If you build a strong ethical foundation, you will be able to build up the resistance level (against corruption). There is a chance you will reduce corruption but I do not think you will ever entirely get rid of corruption anywhere in the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, American Bar Association (Regional Anti-Corruption) Advisor Daniel Eric Stonecipher said that MACC and the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) has demonstrated to the regional and global audiences that they are doing well in both investigation and prevention.
“Of all the countries in the South East Asian region, Malaysia is certainly making a herculean effort and it is my hope that the other countries will follow suit and demonstrate likewise. MACC is certainly one of the leaders in combating corruption in this region,” he said.
He added that the Commission is taking on corruption in bite size pieces and making tactical as well as co-ordinated approaches.
“Until you do what the MACC is doing, I do not think you can make significant progress. I am very impressed with the initiatives taken by the MACC under the leadership of Dato’ Sri Abu Kassim,” he said at the sidelines of the 6th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA).
Concerning the IAACA Conference, Michael Symons described the speakers as “magnificent” and he also said that the spread of topics on anti-corruption were brilliant.
“The IAACA conference is one of the best conference I have ever been to as it is the only conference where there is a spread of anti-corruption agencies from around the world. The conference in Malaysia is one of the best conferences that I have attended in every way,” he said.
When asked if political will is vital in fighting corruption, Symons remarked that it is pointless of having a very effective agency, if the agency is not supported by the government.
He also said that he has some concerns over Transparency International‘s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) because the Index is based on perception and does not truly reflect what is happening in reality.
“I tend to lean towards the actual people who are doing business in a country and not the perception. I am not degrading TI but I think there are better measures,” he said. [ENDS]
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 (Bernama) — Corruption is perhaps among the oldest ethical problem in the history of humankind, it is the reflection of a society’s impaired integrity and in the bigger picture a society that is morally corrupt.
Malaysians in particular are concerned with the country’s unenviable position in the corruption perception index despite the unwavering efforts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his government to eradicate the menace.
In 2011, Malaysia’s ranking in the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index declined to 60 out of 183 nations compared with 56th position out of 178 nations in 2010.
So far the public sector bore the brunt of the blame for corrupt practices but if the recent series of graft cases published in the media are anything to go by, graft is rampant in the business world too.
The latest, rampant corrupt practices among employees of Iskandar Investment Berhad were discovered following an audit on the corporation entrusted with the task of developing the southern economic region, Iskandar Malaysia.
CORRUPTION IN THE BUSINESS WORLD
Malaysian Society for Transparency and Integrity secretary-general Josie M. Fernandez noted that corruption in the corporate world has dire consequences on the nation.
Business corruption can occur in two conditions, namely involving individuals of a company or involving the company itself.
Fernandez said such practice leads to increase in the cost of doing business in the country and therefore future investors will shy away from doing business here.
“Companies will not invest if they do not see good profit margin in a business deal, so if you add corruption cost the profit margin shrinks.
“Moreover, big investors look for countries with good business ethics that will ensure their businesses bloom. So business corruption can bring down our country’s economy,” she told Bernama.
Fernandez is glad to note that the Malaysian goverment through the Performance Management & Delivery Unit (Pemandu) has taken bold steps like introducing the corporate integrity pledge to fight business corruption.
BUSINESS CORRUPTION ANY ENTERPRENEUR’S NIGHTMARE
By and large, corruption in the business world happens in all sectors with far reaching implications.
The Malay Traders and Entrepreneurs’s Association President Datuk Moehamad Izat Emir shed some light on the implication from the corrupt practices of the business world.
“Corrupt business practices could affect the growth of entrepreneurs with potential in the country. Take for example, if only certain enterpreneurs get tenders from a company through corrupt manner others have no chance to introduce their offerings that could be better.
“The worse thing is that when the bidder who gets the tender by corrupt means has no ability to carry out work,” he said.
Moehamad Izat commended the efforts made by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commision (MACC) for extending its anti corruption crusade to the business world.
MACC’s relentless effort to take on anyone involved in corruption regardless of their position would also help improve public perception on the organisation.
“I suggest that the government increases MACC’s budget so that it can have a lot more officers and facilities to fight corruption in Malaysia.
“But we cannot depend on MACC alone to fight corruption, change in public perception is important. We must see corruption as something really evil for our society, not just another ‘handshake’ in concluding a transaction,” he said.
The president of Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents Datuk Mohd Khalid Harun said corrupt business practices spares no industry.
“Even the tourism business is not spared,” he said adding that with corrupt practice there would not be transparency in business transactions and this will affect planning, management and others in the industry.
“Corruption can deny valuable opportunities for tourism players with expertise, capability and commitment. I also fear that the tourism product in this country will also be affected,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association President Datuk Mohamad Ashfar Ali said; “When people without expertise and experience get permits or any transport projects, the quality of service will be affected.
“We must remember transport is an important facility for people in this country. People will lament if there is no quality in the transport service ,” he said.
While Malaysians have yet to see iconic anti graft crusaders like India’s Anna Hazare, they can still count on the government that is committed in doing its level best to eradicate the malaise.
However, the success of this undertaking depends on every citizen’s contribution and not dependent on the government alone.