And laws do not a just country make. People make a just country.
Similarly, guns don’t kill people. People kill people. That’s the point that RPK was making in his latest article. There is hardly a word there which i disagree with. Excellent read.
You mean to say that every single PAS leader and member is above corruption? Come on! Some PAS people are also corrupt. As what Ibrahim Ali said: the only difference between PAS and Umno is that the PAS people utter ‘Bismillah’ before they take a bribe whilst Umno people do not.
The only way PR will eradicate corruption when the time comes for them to rule the nation will be to ensure that proper mechanisms to fight corruption are in place. It really doesn’t take much; all it’ll take is a strong, empowered anti-corruption agency.
Where the MACC is just another tool to get rid of “inconvenient obstacles” (chasing corrupt flag purchases in Selangor is a priority, apparently), the new anti-corruption agency needs to be a new breed of animal altogether. Let’s call it ANCAM.
The Anti-Corruption Commission & Agency of Malaysia (ANCAM). It will not only be headed by a person who is approved by the Parliament, but the contract must be renewed every 3 years for a maximum term of 9 years. ANCAM will have its own Charter; a key principle of its Charter will be its ability to prosecute suspects. It will have its own lawyers, and will not depend on the approval or the pool of lawyers in the Attorney General’s office.
Lastly, ANCAM will be the model of transparency. It will publish, annually, its accounts, which includes all the personal accounts of its senior personnel and their family members. To compensate for this necessary intrusion of privacy, ANCAM senior officers will be well compensated, on par with what cabinet ministers receive. It will also publish, annually, its prosecution records for cases successfully and unsuccessfully pursued. This will let the people know who, what, where and why cases were pursued over the year. Transparency will protect the integrity of the organization, and also keep it free of accusations of bias or ill-treatment.
If PR is right, then the country needs an organization like ANCAM patrolling the halls of government and big business. If indeed, all this nation needs is a cleaner society to allow for all the other things to fall into place, then there isn’t any other option.
While i’ve always believed that this analysis of the country’s problems is overly simplistic, i won’t argue that this would certainly be a hell of good place to start.