Anwar criticises defence of corruption-tainted individuals

PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim expressed disdain for those who politicise and defend individuals accused of corruption within his federal administration’s efforts to combat corruption.

The Tambun MP condemned the defence of wealthy individuals embroiled in corruption scandals solely based on their age and the historical nature of their alleged offences.

He also emphasised the importance of all segments of society including civil servants, in upholding and elevating the country’s dignity.

“I find it weird why there are those who still defend someone (tainted with corruption cases) just because the person is old and the cases took place many years ago. They however did not take into consideration the billions of ringgit that the person had allegedly made.

“A policeman with the rank of Sergeant accepted RM500 in bribes, villagers stealing motorcycles.. actions were taken against all of them be it if they are not well or admitted to hospital.

“However, the government is being accused of plotting revenge and is cruel when we initiate action against those involved in major corruption.. They asked why we did not consider the age of that person when action is being taken against the person,” stated Anwar in his speech at the meeting the civil servants in the state here today.

Although Anwar, who is also the Finance Minister, refrained from directly naming individuals or groups in his criticism, he underscored the government’s responsibility to manage the country’s RM1.5 tril debt through prudent spending.

Moreover, he commended enforcement agencies including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for their unwavering efforts in combating corruption and abuse of power without bias.

“I am proud and have faith with the enforcement bodies, be it MACC, the Inland Revenue Board and the country’s police force.

“They have performed their duties and responsibilities in a professional and strict manner against those who allegedly siphoned billions of ringgit of the country’s wealth.”

The event, attended by over 36,300 civil servants in the state, featured notable figures such as Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh, Government Chief Secretary Tan Sri Zuki Mohd Ali and Public Service Department director-general Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz. – Feb 9, 2024

Main photo credit: PMO’s Office

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