The RM64 million bogus FSFM scam should be a “wake-up” call to ACA that public confidence in integrity of officials and institutions have reached such an all-time low that it has become a prevalent belief among Malaysians everything can be bought with a price whether rank, title, degrees, immunity for crime or corruption, etc
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): The police believed that the bogus Federal Special Forces of Malaysia (FSFM) had been crippled following the arrest of more than 95 percent of its 40 senior leaders at the federal and state levels, including the self-proclaimed “four-star general” FSFM chief Nor Azami Ahmad Ghazali.
The police have arrested 76 key members of the bogus FSFM, including 34 of the illegal movement’s State commanders since the crackdown on the group under Ops Impian last Friday.
The commanders and deputy commanders detained so far included contractors, consultants and businessmen who held the rank of “brigadier-general”, “colonel” and “lieutenant-colonel”. Some were also “directors” of management, planning, intelligence and investigation of the organization headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Police have received more than 2,500 police reports from FSFM members who surrendered after they realized that they were cheated by their leaders.
There are many aspects about the FSFM scam which warrant thorough investigation and a proper public accounting, such as:
The RM64 million bogus FSFM scam should be a “wake-up” call to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) that public confidence in the integrity of officials and institutions have reached such an all-time low that it has become a prevalent belief among Malaysians that everything can be bought with a price whether rank, title, degrees, immunity for crime or corruption, etc
It should in fact be regarded as a terrible indictment of the failure of the ACA to create a culture of integrity in public office and the sanctity of public institutions with zero tolerance for corruption.
This deplorable state of affairs highlighted by the FSFM scam must not be the mere concern of the ACA, but all Malaysians who still cherish the aspiration that public integrity and a culture of zero tolerance for corruption should become an integral part of Malaysian public life and institutions.
This will be the thrust of a memorandum that the DAP is drafting on the ACA and corruption in Malaysia which will be presented to the ACA on Monday.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman