“I find it really disheartening when a corrupt person or politician after taking a bribe, talks about the high moral standards and urges people to follow the principles and ideologies of the Prophets, the Saints, of honest sacrificial religious political icons like Mahatma Gandhi, US President Jimmy Carter, or our own beloved founding fathers the late Tunku, Tun Razak or Tun Hussein Onn?
Does not corruption distort all God’s values making mincemeat of morality, truth and virtue.”
ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – DECLARING WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION A MUST!
There is only so much that the human mind can digest!
And we have been battling the issue of 1MDB for such a long time with its many horrible versions, twist and turns, the Police reports, allegations and counter allegations, that has positioned Malaysia and its system of governance or lack of it to smithereens in the global civilized world where transparency has already entrenched itself as a cornerstone of government policy.
And any attempts to behave otherwise using either state apparatus or punitive and draconian legislation will sound very destructive to a nation and its people in the near and long term!
You cannot hide these things any more in today’s technology driven global village or threats of more draconian legislation to curtail freedom or access to information as is suggested by a misguided politician!
So like millions of concerned and caring Malaysians I find Deloitte Malaysia statement that its audit of 1MDB in 2013 and 2014 would have been impacted if it had known at that time the information contained in the United States Department of Justice’s (DOJ) lawsuits to seize 1MDB-linked assets.
Basically this professional brand was telling us commoners that their infamous 1MDB’s 2013 and 2014 financial statements, which the auditing firm signed off on March 28, 2014 and Nov 5, 2014, “should no longer be relied upon”.
As an attorney I find total revulsion at such a statement!
Basically even before criminal proceedings are initiated by the US DOJ Deloitte Malaysia, is confirming categorically that the DoJ’s action is correct and in accordance with the facts?
Already the mantra of denials have now failed and now replaced by frantic and exposed politicians realizing that the ground below them is fast shifting as the international investigations go up another level and global and domestic public opinion turn against them exposing them as liars, thieves and political wolves in sheep’s clothing!
Their response so predictable!
Another Police report filed with innuendoes, malicious allegations against honest public servants of the nation!
They think more Police reports, intimidation or the sending of a messenger to meet US officials will make this grandmother of all scandals affecting not only this nation but affecting financial hubs internationally just go away?
These shenanigans must be reminded that the “politics of kowtism” does not work in the international arena with their rich and sacred tradition on due diligence, corporate governance, accountability, transparency, no one above the law and professionalism!
They will not be tempted to ditch their snooping and investigation for high powered political positions, kickbacks and honorifics!
These are dedicated men and women of dignity and decorum who have taken an oath and live by it!
They are not corrupt officials!
And corruption has now emerged to be a far greater scourge and threat to any nation more so one that is still caught in a time warp searching for its true identity after the dictatorship of more than 22 years that destroyed all check and balances in the nation!
Is corruption not one of the deadly, undesirable and wicked sins that has been imposed on the nation by political shenanigans?
Does corruption not result in the malfunctioning of the administrative system and poor law and order, but also some serious causes like the breakdown of a multi-racial and religious nation, poverty and red tape, which has led to the society’s disability.
Does not corruption distort all God’s values making mincemeat of morality, truth and virtue.
Sadly today corruption has entered into every single aspect of our lives becoming all-pervasive just similar to the air we breathe.
Would we be wrong to assume that corruption has grown massively in huge proportions and there is barely any sphere of Malaysian social, political, economic and even religious activity that is free from graft, fraud and corruption of some kind.
It is now regarded as a fact of life and an evil which is inseparable with which we have to live with throughout for which there are political greedy shenanigans ready to race and religious bait, threaten, terrorize and initiate Police reports and demonstrations to frighten an electorate wishing accountability and good governance?
As I indicated in a recent keynote address abroad it happens as much as in the daylight, as it is done behind the closed doors.
It is under every stone we turn and every door we open.
Thus, it is this “corruption” that can be considered as a deadly sin in our society and it is a shame that we are being evasive and denying this fact by threatening those committed to abolish it?
As an Attorney and Theologian too, I am aware that from the days of the Garden of Eden Human beings are full of temptations.
After all human beings are human beings.
And in fact, gold, cash, positions, honorifics, acts as a bait to these politicians and officials who are fond of bribe in any which way.
Perhaps, they just need something to avoid the itching on their hands and crotch?
But the stink lies not only in the prevalence of corruption my friends, but in the hypocrisy that accompanies it.
I find it really disheartening when a corrupt person or politician after taking a bribe, talks about the high moral standards and urges people to follow the principles and ideologies of the Prophets, the Saints, of honest sacrificial religious political icons like Mahatma Gandhi, US President Jimmy Carter, or our own beloved founding father the late Tunku or Tun Hussein Onn?
To me as the region’s lead consumerist I find such hypocrisy complexes the offense, but some politicians and officials are getting callous and do not pay any heed.
They have a belief that it is all a way of life and a part of their routine and describe it as unavoidable and an incurable disease.
And this greed prevalent in society has now pushed Malaysian humanity into a medieval sort of total decadence.
All are thirsting for personal profits and gratifications!
As an individual who loves his country, I pray that our future generations, our energetic youth of today will transform to be one source that can actually uproot the very weed and tentacles of corruption.
Internationally, I pray the 1MDB scandal that has embarrassed this nation will initiate drastic action on the perpetrators of this heinous act and the fallout therein will act as a stimulant to real positive structural reforms that all peace loving and caring Malaysians can believe in!