Combat corruption without fear and favour

 |Jan 5, 2017
USM criminologist and associate professor P.Sundramoorthy.
USM criminologist and associate professor P.Sundramoorthy.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should keep its bullish momentum to combat graft across the board without fear and favour said Universiti Sains of Malaysia (USM) criminologist P.Sundramoorthy.

Sundramoorthy who also heads the Research Team on Crime and Policing commends on the recent large scale arrest of top civil servants by MACC.

“The recent large scale arrest by MACC shows that public paying tax to the government and re-distributed to pay civil servants and it’s projects are abused in broad day light.

“No more tolerance should be given to these sorts of civil servants and MACC should go hard on them.

“MACC should keep up the good work and also nab those private parties who work in cahoots with the civil servants,” said Sundramoorthy to Malaysia Outlook.

He also hoped that MACC will target for ‘zero tolerance’ when comes to civil servants abusing public funding via tax payer money.

On top of that he hoped civil servants will bear in mind to serve the public with full integrity and responsibility.

MACC seized RM114mil worth of assets which RM53.7mil in cold cash stashed in houses and office from two senior Sabah Water Department officials on last year Oct 4.

The duo were investigated for alleged abuse of power and money laundering linked to contracts for RM3.3bil federal-funded projects channelled to the department since 2010.

Two others, a Datuk businessman who is a brother of one of the officials and an accountant were also arrested.

Since the appointment of MACC new chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad last year July, the anti-graft body have been outright in nabbing top civil servants.

Today, Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general Arif Ab Rahman and his two sons have been remanded for seven days in a case involving abuse of power, corruption and money laundering.

Officers who conducted a 12-hour search at Mohd Arif ‘s house found gold bars, 150 luxury handbags, branded watches and foreign currencies.

The gold bars and Australian and Euro currencies seized were estimated at RM3mil.

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Ramani has been a writer and analyst for the past 10 years believes in fair news reporting.