ACA On Right Track In Tackling Corruption, Says PM
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.