KUALA LUMPUR: Equal attention must be given towards the “giver” and “receiver” in the effort to combat corruption in this country, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Ahmad Zahid said the government also supports the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission’s (MACC) proposal to “give more attention” towards the private sector when dealing with certain businesses.
“We support the proposal made by MACC to view the methods used by private sectors, corporate organisations, individuals and businessmen when dealing with business.
“Some methods allegedly used to smoothen transactions must be given proper attention,” Ahmad Zahid said during his keynote address at the Millenials Empowerment Summit 2017 (MES2017) held at the Seri Pacific Hotel here.
He reminded everyone that corruption is a “two-way transaction” and the public must not judge a corruption probe before the trial verdict was meted out.
“We have to look into the giver and receiver equally. The receiver is regularly associated with the civil service.
“But the worst part is, these civil servants are already judged by the court of perception even before a formal investigation is done or punishment is meted out,” Ahmad Zahid said.
He also praised MACC’s efforts in combating corruption, with the commission having stepped up their efforts in investigating suspects.
Ahmad Zahid added that the responsibility to combat corruption does not solely lie with the MACC, but it is a joint effort from all parties.
“Currently, Malaysia stands at 55th in the world Corruption Perception Index. I must commend the MACC’s effort, with all of their activities, including the corruption free pledge.
“But, in order to combat corruption, the MACC would not be able to do it alone, if not for the support from the public, corporate agencies and private sectors,” he said.
This year’s MES 2017 title was “Nation Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security”.
The MES 2017 is an event organised by Umno’s Overseas Students Bureau (BPLN) where it enables local students who study abroad to connect with others.
MES 2017 speakers include Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.