Veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has rubbished the plan announced by the government’s Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) to hold a course for members of parliament on avoiding corruption, saying the authorities were barking up the wrong tree.
According to Pemandu, the course will be conducted by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission and the Attorney General’s Chambers beginning nexy year.
But Lim said the real battle was “grand corruption” at the top echelons of power.
“The MACC and the AG’s Chamber should not be barking up the wrong trees as they should know where the priorities in fighting corruption, especially grand corruption, should lie.
“Let me tell MACC and the AG’s Chambers that the urgent priority in the battle against graft in Malaysia is for MACC and AG’s Chambers to conduct a course on corruption for the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers particularly Sarawak and Sabah as well as top government officers including the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Gani Patail himself, if Malaysia is serious in its war against ‘grand corruption’,” said Lim in his response.
Lim challenged MACC and AG’s Chambers to also conduct a course teaching leaders to be responsible when serious corruption allegations were publicly made against them “including clearing their names and establishing their reputation in the courts of law”.
‘Nothing to celebrate’
Lim meanwhile said there was nothing to celebrate over Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perception Index which saw Malaysia’s ranking going up to the 54th position compared to 60th last year.
According to Lim, one reason Malaysia’s ranking improved was the new methodology used in the survey.
“The total number of countries assessed in the TI CPI 2012 have been reduced from 183 countries last year to 176 countries this year and TI has used a new methodology, declaring that country scores of the CPI 2012 cannot be compared against those of 2011 or previous editions,” he said.
Lim further added that Malaysia was still far behind many other nations in combatting corruption.
“Since 1995 Malaysia has been overtaken by South Korea and Taiwan while many countries are closing the corruption gap, especially Turkey which was ranked No 29th with a CPI score of 4.1 in 1995, but which has caught up with Malaysia with both equally ranked at No. 54 with a score of 49 in the 2011 TI CPI.”