I REFER to the report “Pemandu: Nip graft in the bud” (The Star, June 30). According to the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) NKRA anti-corruption director D. Ravindan in a corruption perception survey it was found that a majority of the 1,800 university students felt it was all right to give and take bribes when in position of power.
The year-long survey carried out by Pemandu at selected universities nationwide in 2007 is very revealing and uncovers a very shocking view of university students who are supposed to be our country’s future leaders.
This Pemandu survey is in contrast to the study disclosed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in 2011 which revealed that 73.2% of the university students are ready to report cases of graft.
The 2011 survey was conducted by MACC on the effectiveness of its Corruption Prevention Secretariat Programme which was set up at various institutions of higher learning to assess how Malaysian university students view corruption.
The question arises now as to which survey is reliable and correct.
It is indeed shocking to note the Pemandu’s survey showed that the undergraduates see no harm in bribery when in 2011 the majority of the university students indicated that they would not tolerate corruption.
It is hoped that both MACC and Pemandu would sort out the matter and Malaysians will get the correct picture of the actual position regarding the stand of our tertiary students on corruption.
The public would expect our future leaders to be intolerant of corruption and would do their part to eradicate it.
To ensure success in the fight against corruption, law enforcement alone, though important, may be insufficient.
What we need is to instill an anti-graft culture in the young.
We need to build a culture through good moral values, discipline and integrity, that abhors corruption.
The proper way to achieve this is to educate the younger generation in schools on the evils and consequences of corruption.
In this connection, it is proposed that an anti-corruption syllabus be formally included in our education system in order to instill the anti-corruption culture in our society.
More anti-graft campaigns can be organised in schools.
Teaching school children to dislike corruption in the same manner as they are told to reject drugs is important.
Besides this, the family as the basic incubator and transmitter of ethics and good moral values must also play an important role in teaching their children to detest corruption.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE Kuala Lumpur Source: The STAR Online Home News Opinion Tuesday July 3, 2012