UPDATED at 7pm with LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Ramon Navaratman: IS THIS THE TURNING POINT?
PUTRAJAYA: A nationwide swoop on Customs officers has resulted in 62 staff being arrested so far, with 17 of themto be remanded soon. Of the total, 48were fromPort Klang, one of five Customs premises raided over theweek by a high-powered task force led by theMalaysian Anti- Corruption Commission. The other premises were in Kuantan, Penang and the Tanjung Pelepas and Pasir Gudang ports in Johor. Those arrested were rank and file and senior officers, among them nine female staff.
MAKING POWERFUL ENEMIES. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under the charge of Abu Kassim has dragged to court big fish and small fish, including a Tun and a former Minister. Last week, the conviction of BN Adun for Lenggeng marked another victory, although it was bitter-sweet at best, the dude going down for a RM2.000 bribe. Some crooks have escaped the net because their lawyers are too damn good or the cases against them not strong enough.
The latest in the string of successes is the sensational bust of 62 customs officers nationwide, including nine female officers. In one swoop, Abu Kassim has established his intention of going after "systemic corruption". This will surely make a lot of people look over their shoulders - me next?
We all want this beloved country of ours to be free of corruption. Abu Kassim is trying to do that for all of us. In the process, he is making a lot of enemies and the MACC has been subjected to a lot of bad press, an inquest, and an on-going Royal Commission of Inquiry.
The least we could do now is give him and his men & women our moral support.