‘There are allegations of kickbacks received by human resources practitioners, heads of procurement despite stringent procedures in not just MNCs or TRCs but even ordinary private sector operatives!’
ADDRESSING CORRUPTION IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR IMPORTANT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE!
Corruption and corrupt practices in Malaysia and other countries including ASEAN jurisdictions are very focused on the civil service and high-profile politicians and at times the most powerful in the land.
There is no fear nothing is sacred as they sell the country and its silver while preaching beatitudes!
More so now, with the unraveling of the sort of corruption never seen decades ago with global and international reach and jurisdiction where a series of politicians past and present, and those making a reentry to politics conduits, banks, personalities, officialdom, brokers, shenanigans are involved!
It is easy to preach, give fiery speeches against corruption and corrupt practices without practicing.
I should know as conduits of some very powerful individuals studied in the late 80’s at the same university abroad with me.
The quality of their bourgeoisie lifestyles didn’t fit one of students despite the fact we were are matured students!
That’s because many are visibly living beyond their means – living in mansions and driving million-ringgit cars.
Like politicians, their runners and others and the lists is long – some who are career politicians and not shamed either?
Yesterday, despite fever, cough and cold that I was enduring, I sat through an entire afternoon listening to a Malaysian great player and football coach of the past telling me about the various forms of corruption involved in match fixing and the world of bookies and powerful men and women in grey suits that he had to endure!
It hit me hard as the names mentioned were my role models and heroes of the past.
I had posters of these shenanigans on my wall in my growing up years!
Gosh, was I shocked!
Today we see and experience other forms of shocks as well.
The corruption of nepotism!
The corruption of abusing the electoral process!
The corruption of abuses government assets and positions of power as political party’s shenanigans and new war lords canvass and push for their political horse so that once in they can get their share of the reward through kickbacks, political positions, contracts and even positions of power?
The corruption of trafficking and prostitution!
The corruption of genocide!
The corruption of hurting marginalized and hurting communities!
Is there no one good anymore?
However, graft in the private sector is no less disgusting and ugly.
Corruption has become a norm to Malaysians and the country is also dubiously known as the world champion in corruption.
There are allegations of kickbacks received by human resources practitioners, heads of procurement despite stringent procedures in not just MNCs or TRCs but even ordinary private sector operatives!
We see it in the manpower industry and resource countries players and government officials!
We see it in G2G protocols!
We see it also in the outsource contracts for cleaners, service providers facilitated after the hands and pockets in internal employees are greased!
Outsource cleaning companies using trafficked foreign workers and illegals who are themselves paid below the minimum wage and having to pay to brokers and conduits for facilitating documents and papers to “legalize their status?”
I remember long ago the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam, Selangor (Cassa) unveiled a case to the online media group – theantdaily, a complainant alleging that he was forced to “pay” or “surrender” his monthly allowances to his senior manager.
It was cheating by his senior manager.
The complainant was forced to return his allowances every month to his superior.
He is being paid more than RM6,000 a month, but RM2,500 which covers his traveling expenses, is taken by the manager.
At least 40 per cent goes back to the company, so in a year he has to return at least RM60,000 to the big boss’ pocket I was told!
The complainant claimed that other employees from the same company had also been “paying” at least 40 per cent of their allowances to the same superior.
The complainant, from a blue chip company, also alleged that he had been harassed by his supervisor.
The complainant has since resigned after more than a year.
In fact after the story was highlighted, I have received calls from nine companies expressing concern over such corrupt and bullying tactics.
We met up with the companies and provide information to enable them conduct in-house cleaning.
We are always willing to meet them and show them how these shenanigans operate and by conducting training programs to their senior management!
To be honest as a consumer advocate of over 40 years, I am quite appalled over the scenario of employers giving out appointment letters and, when the person is offered the job, they are expected to pay back the company.
The salary of employees’ workers goes back to the supervisor as kickbacks!
Corruption, corrupt practices and practitioners are actually geniuses and it does not amaze me how far and high up sometimes their tentacles reach and are entrenched!