Came back from a 9 day trip on Saturday, but have been trying to rest because of the jet lag..
This is one trip that I completely shut off from emails, internet.. Those of us who blog actually spend too much time online and may have neglected other aspects of life. Too much of good medicine can kill.. Too much of good things like going online can also be bad..
Well, need some time to get tuned to the happenings past 10 days.
But one of the most shocking is the resignation of the MACC boss.
We do not know what happened , but it is unlikely to be due to the reason that he wanted to rest and with the family, since his tenure has only 5 more months to go.
He was the first commissioner of MACC and he could have earned himself a place in Malaysian history if he put his heart and soul into tackling corruption, like the ICAC of HOng Kong inthe 70s.
Not only corruption has become worse and Malaysia’s ranking in corruption perception has gone down lower and lower, but certain cases like the case of TBH has cast a dark shadow on the whole MACC.
Corruption is the mother of all evils. It is to a country what a cancer is to a person. When a person is having cancer ( I refer to cancer of earlier stages, not the end stage type where metastasis is everywhere and the fate of the patient is doomed), he can have several options:
1. remove the cancer surgically or by radiotherapy or chemotherapy of a combination of these
2. ignore the symptoms and wait for it to get worse, and the end result s of course death.
3. choose to have partial treatment , in which case, he is only buying time and when the cancer flares up again after some time, he will be like that of No. 2
To go for radical treatment is painful but that is the only way to have a fighting chance to get cure. To choose option 2 or 3 is to deny oneself of a chance to get cure.
The country is having cancer of corruption. The perception is that there is selective investigation and prosecution of corruption cases, and those with big cables are left untouched.
I think the blame is not on MACC or its officers alone. The blame should be on the political masters , for they are the one who hold the keys to whether they really want MACC to be independent. Unless and until MACC is given true independence to investigate and prosecute, tackling of corruption is like scenerio No. 3, and there would not be any cure for this mother of all evils.
The end result is predictable: the country is going down the drain… It is already a couple of steps down, and if there is no political wills to allow MACC to investigate with full independence , things will only get worse.
The ball is at the feet of the political master.. How he plays it will determine how this country is going to fare. Whether we will end up as a maid exporting country ( I have been talking about it some time back), or whether we can buck the present trend and achieve our dream of a developed country status, it is up to the top political master, the PM.