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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nation must rise up against corruption

A PUBLIC scourge as damaging as bribery and corruption must be tackled with a huge public campaign. In order to prevent the social disease from becoming endemic and destroying the heart of the nation and the soul of its people, the Government must organise a structured campaign that penetrates every level of society and every nook and corner of the country.

There must be a blast of slogans and advertorials in the newspapers, on television and online portals, billboards, posters in schools and institutions of learning, government departments and business premises, community halls and public platforms to remind the people of its dangers and ramifications.

More importantly, it will be a concerted effort to educate the public on a disease which has the potential of crippling the nation and stunting its growth.

For a campaign of this stature and magnitude to work, the Government must get the cooperation of the private sector, which must be made to see this as part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The trend of handing out token cheques to charities and orphanages must go hand in hand with a cause that’s even bigger viz rebuilding the moral fabric of society.

If Singapore was able to launch a series of public campaigns in the late 60s running through the 70s and 80s to educate the public on aspects of their social responsibility such as fighting graft, stopping littering, helping the aged, queueing up and smiling, I don’t see why the Malaysian Government cannot have the political will to do the same, albeit one generation later.

A public campaign will be the hands-on measure in the Government’s anti-corruption stand. It will be the walk in the talk!

The enforcement efforts of the MACC and the police will only be successful if there is widespread cooperation and acceptance from the public.

Rounding up a few whistle-blowers and persuading people to lodge reports on cases of corruption and abuse of power they know of involve only a handful of people. Calls for the eradication of corruption are made by only a few concerned Malaysians. For the fight against corruption to see the desired results, the whole nation must be aroused to support the cause.

We can no longer afford to work in starts and stumbles. The public indifference and apathy must be tackled before corruption becomes entrenched in the Malaysian way of life as it is in many of the developing nations.

The Malaysian Government must have the political will and the Malaysian people must have the honesty and integrity!

HALIMAH MOHD SAID,

Kuala Lumpur.

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