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Dept heads should set good example

SINCE time immemorial, the downfall of people in power is because of their over-indulgence in wine, women and song.

The dishonest civil servants, whose faiths are weak, will always use their power of office to indulge in corrupt practices with the vendors or suppliers for ill-gotten money to maintain their high-living expenses, which do not commensurate with their incomes.

Lately, we have seen cases of civil servants hauled up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) with hordes of cash in their houses, plus luxury cars, land and other expensive properties, which can only be obtained through illegal means.

(File pix) The dishonest civil servants, whose faiths are weak, will always use their power of office to indulge in corrupt practices with the vendors or suppliers for ill-gotten money to maintain their high-living expenses, which do not commensurate with their incomes.


This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more cases that have gone unreported. China is a fine example, where once scores of Mandarins in their civil service were caught by the authorities.

They maintained high lifestyles with their mistresses with unexplained wealth but eventually faced the music in their court of law.

It is a good thing that MACC has warned civil servants not to play golf overseas as people’s perceptions are that their expenses overseas, such as first-class airfares, expensive hotel rooms , green fees at clubhouses and sumptuous dinners with karaoke sessions thrown in, are being paid by interested parties who have dealings with their departments.

Heads of department should show a good example of clean living and should not indulge in any practice that deviate from the norm so that their staff can follow suit. The rot starts from the head, and if the top is corrupt, the rest will follow.

The MACC should be more proactive in nabbing public servants who abuse their power for personal gain to strike fear in others, that the long arm of the law will catch them eventually.

As the Malay saying goes: “Sepandai-pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya jatuh ke tanah juga” (As clever as the squirrel hops, it will, one day, eat dirt).

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