BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)
THE jail term imposed on Khir Toyo for corruption committed while he held the people’s trust as the mentri besar of Selangor shows the level to which our political leaders have descended to. This is not the first such case. Another Selangor MB was also jailed for corruption. A Johor MB was exposed by the Supreme Court of usurping land meant for army veterans for himself and his cronies. The 1980s cooperative scandals resulted in jail terms of political stalwarts. The PKFZ scandal implicated high-ranking politicians.
Although prosecutions are far and in between – a tip of the iceberg as not all cases are “discovered” or revealed – it reflects the unabated decay of the body politic.
Corruption is more than a matter of jailing wrongdoers. It diverts or denies services intended for the people, it empties state coffers. Ultimately it bankrupts nations.
Invariably, the corrupt disguise the gratification they receive. These ingenious contrivances are criminal nonetheless, as the MACC Act makes clear. A corrupt “gratification” can be in the form of money, donation, gift, loan, fee, reward, valuable security, property or interest in property, financial benefit, or any other similar advantage. Read more