That is the question lingering my mind when reading the following news reported by BERNAMA:
Perception On Corruption In Politics, Not A True Picture Of Corruption In Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Bernama) — The negative public perception on corruption in the country’s politics cannot be used as a barometer to assess the extent of corruption in the country as a whole.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said that public perception need not necessarily be a reality because much of it was based on factors that were not clear or accurate.
Liew said this in response to a question by Fuziah Salleh (PKR-Kuantan) who wanted to know whether the government was aware that based on the Global Corruption Barometer Survey 2009, the Malaysians’ perception on political party corruption was at its worst.
She claimed this was different from the 2009 Annual Report of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) which stated that 15 members of political parties were facing prosecution for corruption.
Liew responded by saying that the 15 political party members were prosecuted by MACC based on facts and law. Fuziah also challenged the government to make it compulsory for asset disclosure by politicians, as was being done in Indonesia during the election season, to reflect the government’s transparency in combating corruption in the country.
Liew also hit out at Fuziah for not stating the actual facts of the survey by Transparency International, especially on the finding that only four percent of respondents opined that the country’s parliament was corrupt, compared with 47 per cent in Indonesia.
“And in other countries like India, Thailand and South Korea, the corruption perception in political parties is much higher than Malaysia, which is 58 per cent, 54 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively. In Malaysia, it is only 42 percent,” he said.
He also said that the study was based on information obtained from the people in February last year, which was before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took over the federal government’s administration and introduced the National Key Result Areas (NKRA).
“Under the NKRA, the government set the agenda to fight corruption as the main thrust,” he added.
Liew also said that the court’s failure to convict a person of corruption did not mean that MACC was not doing its job.
“When a politician is taken to the court, he will be allowed to get a good lawyer to defend him.
“So, if he is not convicted, it does not mean that the MACC is not doing its job, but possibly the accused has engaged the best lawyer to represent him in court,” he added.
Why do I ask such question? Simple.. the manner of MP Kuantan questioned the government in the parliament. It sounded like political corruption’s perception mainly due to Barisan Nasional; politicians.
Yes, we can assume that some political leaders and unelected leaders in Barisan Nasional practice corruption in their day to day survival in politics. Yes, we can assume that they also corrupted in doing things not driven by politics.
Is politicians in Malaysia consist of those in Barisan Nasional only?
Is non-Barisan Nasional politicians free from any corruption? How sure we are that every single politician other than those in Barisan Nasional are clean from corruption.
Since Fuziah also challenged the government to make it compulsory for asset disclosure by politicians, I am certain that Malaysians do want to see ALL politicans to declare their assets and liabilities. I am interested to know how Barisan Nasional’s politician get thier dough and not to forget the Pakatan Rakyat’s too. Perhaps corruption can easily linked to some Barisan Nasional’s personnel due to they are still in the government… but how do Pakatan Rakyat’s politicians can have lots of money and stay in power? Where does the likes of DS Anwar, Azmin Ali, Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guang Eng (to name a few) earned their cash in order to fund activities? Where do they stay now? How their homes look like? How many properties they owned? How many maids do they have?
Just a simple note. If someone is rich, does not mean he or she is corrupted. The questions posed are wild thoughts since some can easily have perception that someone rich is corrupted once he or she has connection to politician (or even the rich politician him/herself).
Therefore, I am interested to know how the politicians in Malaysia gained their blings and from which source. Perhaps those without jobs (or die trying to be rich) can get some idea how they earn their livings.
Question on the street: From the news above, it also can sounded as if there is a “horse race” between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat’s polticians on who is more corrupted… right?