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many parliamentarians are dead set against Anwar and his team and their anti-corruption crusade. they will do anything to discredit his movement.” platform aims to create sustainable local economies and reduce corporate power in politics.
And in this task they have found witting and unwitting abettors in sections of the media and the intelligentsia. All have one trait: they mock Anwar but have no alternative to offer in Malaysia’s battle against corruption. Some are so witless they don’t even realise how wrong they’ve got it
Anwaris not the problem. The system is. anwar’s prescription may not be perfect. But it’s every citizen’s job to help improve it. The government, as a beneficiary of institutionalised corruption, isn’t going to go out of its way to do so.
Take just one example to illustrate the serious nature of the court-framed charges Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory panel member Tan Sri Robert Phang (pic) has challenged the Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to disprove allegations made against the latter in a new book on the country’s top legal mind.The book, titled ‘Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail Pemalsu, Penipu, Penjenayah’ (Fraud, Liar and Criminal), authored by Zainal Abidin Ahmad, was made available to Phang, who claimed it detailed abuses, corruption and criminal acts allegedly committed by the AG.
“I challenge the AG to investigate, arrest and charge the author if the contents aren’t true, and also sue him for defamation. Otherwise, I challenge the MACC and police to investigate these allegations against the AG,” he told reporters at a Press conference in a hotel here today.This is not the first time that Phang had launched an attack on Abdul Gani. In October 2011, Phang was probed by MACC over allegations of having accepted bribes. Phang later raised allegations that Gani had gone for a haj trip, which was sponsored by certain individuals. related articlehttp://lawmattersjournalmalaysia.blogspot.com/2012/07/can-elusive-abdul-gan-patail-beat.html
How corrective in enunciation, were only a duplication, and were likely to come at loggerheads with existing articles of governance, leading to a ” locked-in state” for further functioning of the government, even the judiciary. Without ample give and take, and humility and patience to understand and put a point across, it was to end up in a stalemate, and a stalemate it was. An enlightened polity, a just government, a strong judiciary, and an opposition on its toes is the only way to carry out the day. Some biases and controversies may still remain. Assurances on these fronts are less likely to be set aside by any government.was tottering under unprecedented serial scams, and there was little check within the Parliamentary mechanism of thwarting such deviations the Supreme Court that had to step in and take punitive action that at some or the other time pointed accusation at almost all those in power, though those found on the wrong side of the law got incarceration as per legal decision. The common man suffered and most certainly, from what we may retrospectively term as the small window of opportunity for the economy to double up.While all this was going on, there was a need to set in place, a transparent set of rules, that would ensure equitable public- private partnerships. As we move more towards the right, there is need of an un-dethering leadership that does not privatize the nation’s resources cheap, at the same time gives the necessary fillip to the private sector to add to the growth of the economy. Much was talked about the trillions of currency parked overseas. The argument to get it back is one aspect. The real job is to ask for such reforms and transparency that such activities are checked. The economic wing of discussions could have spelt out its reforms and made it public.
The so-called elite – intellectual, media, business – disparageAnwar because he is not “people like us”. This wannabe-elite is comfortable with the status quo with its cosy nepotism, clubbiness and rich pickings.A red herring is meanwhile used by the government: “Team Anwar members are themselves corrupt – people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. That unthinking logic would disqualify 90% of the police force from arresting criminals because the police themselves take bribes. Only the corrupt use this spurious argument to deflect the accusations they have no real answers for.Those who castigate Anwar for denigrating our institutions are falling into the trap set by politicians: discredit the largely honest whistleblower and therefore by default exonerate the largely dishonest politician.MPs are lawmakers. They are elected to uphold standards of public life not lower them. As public servants, they exist to serve citizens. “In a democracy,” as US Supreme Court declared, “the highest office is the office of the citizen.”
It is such politicians who threaten our democracy and our institutions – not Anwar’s team members with their inflated travel vouchers and income-tax arrears due to a technical interpretation of paid study leave for a then- Malaysian-IRS officer.
Then there are those, in the government and the media, who insouciantly challenge Anwar’s team members to stand for election. But if fighting an election were a criterion for fighting corruption, every activist and – yes – every journalist who exposed corruption would need to first get elected. Such is the thoughtlessness – deliberate and inadvertent – that has lowered the standard of argument over the anti-corruption movement.