Sunday, July 13, 2008

ACA On Right Track In Tackling Corruption, Says PM

The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) is right on track in the efforts to tackle corruption at all levels with the arrest of several senior goverment officers suspected to be involved in corruption, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The prime minister said it showed that the ACA was taking actions without fear or favour even though those suspected of corruption were holding influential positions in the government.

"But I've also said to the ACA, do be careful and they must be sure (before making any arrest).

"Once an ACA officer walks into anyone's office, it will be easy for people to make assumptions," he told Bernama and Radio RTM in a special interview at Sri Perdana, the prime minister's official residence here, yesterday.

Abdullah was asked to comment on the arrest of a director-general of a government agency and his deputy on Friday and yesterday respectively as well as several other individuals for allegedly receiving bribes in the issuance of work permits to foreign workers.

A total of 20 people including middlemen, agents and runners have been arrested as of yesterday in connection with the case.

The prime minister was confident that at the rate ACA was going, more cases could be detected. (Bernama)

***** For some reason the green signal to arrest the senior officials was given only now. One must wonder why these pegawai2 have suddenly gone out of favour at this moment, especially since the government and its watchdogs have all this while been maintaining a strict hands-off and both-eyes-closed approach to civil service graft. Didn't they play ball with the politicos or share the loot? Or God forbid, they actually went it alone!

Can one be termed as cynical for having doubts about the sincerity of the ACA in investigating more cases of outright corruption? Politicians, including Umno ministers have over the years cast suspicion on the goings-on in the Immigration Department but absolutely nothing was done. In fact at one time the deputy home affairs minister was even threatened by senior immigration officers of dire consequences if he continued to publicly upbraid them and question their integrity. The deputy minister rightly or wrongly kept his mouth shut after that ultimatum. For such is the power that these officials enjoy, while zealously preserving absolute Malay control of a crucial government department.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right track? What drivel. The ACA is a biased tool of the BN government.

You are right, what have they done in the past many years? Why only now?

And it's a known fact that once the case goes to ACA, it rarely sees the light of the day, and complainants are not allowed to publicize the case "to prevent interference with investigation".

Malaysia doesn't even have a Whistleblower Protection Act. The stupid Nazri claimed we had one. Without realizing they conveniently does not have one. Then he promised to have one. Then now, still no news. Liars and abusers.

1:32 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous aadya said...

Talking about ACA, this blog entry tickles my senses:

"A report has been lodged with teh Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) against former Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli for claiming that the Barisan Nasional will take over the Perak Government on August 31. Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh, Tebing Tinggi assemblyman Ong Boon Piow and DAP member Ray Ng made the report at the ACA office in Ipoh yesterday.


LOL! :P!

3:49 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bullshit Badawi, we have yet to see a big fish being caught, the very fact you bring in corrupted MB back as minister, tells us you are but a joke. Go after the likes of Samy Vellu, Rafidah and Mohd Mohammad, and your very own SIL, we may begin to believe what you say. Till then why don't you just shutup or resign and get lost.

6:15 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous random reader said...

You can still fool some of the people, but this time most will be watching the play acting...
We are damn tired of it all.

8:52 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous darcwil said...

aadya, you ARE right, that sounds hillarious?! To anon number one, looks like DAP people also making full use of ACA now... lol

Saying that, why the Perak govt so panicky over such "threats"? They feel threatened that Perak will be taken ovr by BN?

9:24 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deluded !

3:21 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Billy said...

Hello, Mr PM, one swallow does not make a summer. These arrests are merely sandiwara to divert our attention from the real crooks. I can only believe you the day the ACA reports direct to Parliament and not to you, so stop blowing your trumpet that all is well. It is not!

6:06 AM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

I'm a bit suspicious of this whole exercise.
There's something else happening here...these people didn't "just" happen to get arrested at this point in time.

2:24 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

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2:36 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Bocmo said...

because everyone's talking and demanding drastic changes, that's why. and also now that AAB has taken care of the "inner turmoil", he can be bolder in pushing ahead more aggresively. I guess a certain level of scepticism is to be expected, but let's just hold our breath and watch? what have we got to lose? I wonder too, when Hong Kong drastically moved to combat corruption, was the reaction like this? it paid off there though, so I'm hoping we would be able to emulate that success here as well.

4:12 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous CoffeeMug said...

Before making such statement, DAP should look at their so-called leader of PR themselves.
It's like what the Malay Idiom is saying... Kuman di seberang nampak, Gajah di depan mata tak nampak.

5:11 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous sandyow said...

lol... coffee mug... well said.. You malay, bcos that is one hell of quote. :D!

It goes to show that if we are, what do you call it "taksub" to just one side, of course we only see the bad in others, but not see anything about us. Oh well, what can we say. Hope people would just open their mind up and realize that there are good in AAB's leadership as well. Not all is bad as speculated.

5:59 PM GMT+8  

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