Statement By Lim Guan Eng In Petaling Jaya On 11.2.2008:
Minister Should Lodge A Corruption Report Against Those Who Offered Him
Money As Failure To Do So Is An Offence Under Section 17 Of The 1997
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to lodge a corruption
report against those who offered him money as failure to do so is an
offence under section 17 of the 1997 Anti-Corruption Act. Abdullah was
reported by the New Straits Times on 9.2.2008 whilst attending the
Penang Chinese Town Hall’s Chinese New Year open house that,
“I have not
benefited one sen from anyone for what I have done. Some people want to
give me money but I don’t need it. The government takes good care of its
shocked that “some people” dares to offer to give money to the top
leader of our country. Wanting to give money to the Prime Minister is no
different from corruption. Is corruption so endemic that those who
subvert integrity are so bold as to attempt to bribe the Prime Minister?
No wonder Malaysia has slipped under the Transparency International
Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from No. 37 when he took over as Prime
Minister in 2003 to No. 43 last year.
extremely disappointed that Abdullah did not take any action against
those who attempted to bribe him. Under Section 17 of the
Anti-Corruption Act he has a statutory duty as a public officer to
report bribery transactions.
officer of a public body to whom any gratification is given, promised,
or offered, in contravention of any provision of this Act shall report
such gift, promise or offer together with the name, if known, of the
person who gave, promised or offered such gratification to him to the
nearest officer of the Agency or police officer.
person who fails to comply with subsection (1) shall be guilty of an
offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding one
hundred thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten
years or to both.
severe penalties for failure to comply with the law in reporting bribery
transactions. But many do not bother to do so. By failing to file
reports with the ACA, Abdullah is not only failing to uphold the law he
is also indirectly encouraging corrupt practices by failing to check the
actions and act against the corrupt.
DAP urges the
Prime Minister to reaffirm his commitment towards establishing integrity
and battling corruption everywhere and anywhere. By complying with
Section 17 of the Act, Abdullah would encourage many other public
officers who have been offered money to follow suit. Only by taking the
lead in reporting such attempts to give him money and arresting the
culprits, can we effectively combat corruption from the highest levels.
Lim Guan Eng,