Transparent International Malaysia chapter Chief Datuk Paul Low has resigned over the release of the TI report, which he took upon himself o release without discussing with the whole committee.
His action is commendable.
initially when he was elected to be the head of the exco committee of TI Malaysia, and news reports had it that he was a MCA member, I was quite worried because there might be a conflict of interest. He has since resigned as MCA life member.
After the release of the TI report on corruption perception index , it was reported that many exco members of TI-M was not happy because the report was never tabled for discussion.
We would never know if there would be any objections for it to be released had the report been discussed in the exco, since this has become academic.
But as a corruption watchdog, I would think that there was really nothing to hide and since in the past, perception indices were released year after year and the yearly index is widely available in the net, I do not think that there would be any objections from any members over the release of the report.
So it is really a technical matter to table and discuss it in the exco. But this technical matter is important, as firstly it is the tradition to do so, and secondly, by discussing it, the exco assumes collective responsibility and exco members exercise their rights entrusted to them by the members.
So even though this might be technical, it is indeed very important to table the report in the exco and seek views from members, and any organisation that prides itself on collective leadership would do so.
So by failing to do so, Paul Low has made a mistake, and it is therefore honourable for him to resign over this mistake.
It would serve the nation well if leaders in politics and other NGOs can follow this practice of taking responsibility and resign over their mistakes.
Instead, we have leaders who have committed not only mistakes but ‘crimes’ , suspended and still trying to make a political comeback.
Compared to these leaders, Paul Low stands tall, and whatever technical mistakes that he has done, has been nullified by his noble action of taking accountability and stepping down
TI-M is an important watch dog, and since it is back by TI networks all over the world, it is a powerful body. The report that comes out of TI serves as guideline to a lot of organisations and corporations when they consider where to put their money to invest.
The corruption perception index compiled by TI is ‘the’ index that most businessmen and researchers follow in their work.
Malaysia’s TI corruption perception rankings has become worse and worse, as in most other rankings that I have pointed out in this blog.
Without transparency and accountability, this TI ranking is going to go down further.
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