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by patrick lee
PETALING JAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan has attacked critics for expecting him to stop corruption almost immediately, adding that he was more concerned with long-term solutions.
"Some critics have given me 100 days to show results. Yes, it is possible, but these will only be cosmetic changes in which I am not interested. So I am sorry to disappoint them," he said in a a speech at a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) event in Putrajaya Friday.
Low, who is also Minister for Governance and Integrity, said he preferred to address "root causes" instead, adding that he would push for "whole paradigm shifts" to take place.
He added that changes would be made through "integrity action" programmes affecting all levels of government.
He said these measures were needed for Malaysia to become a high-income economy, and a safe place for domestic and foreign investments.
Low added that he would be working with various government agencies as well as outside experts in the form of non-governmental organisations.
He said that change would only come if everyone in the Government and civil service cooperated with future good governance initiatives.
Low was formerly the president of anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (Malaysia), a post he resigned from after being appointed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
His entry as a Minister and his later sidestepping of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) earned him criticism from various quarters.
Previously, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng alleged that Low, who was once supposedly a supporter of the IPCMC, "changed his tune" by propping the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) for overseeing the police instead.
Low, however, did not seem fazed by the criticism directed towards him, adding that he had been called a "lame-duck minister" after spending just three days in office.
"The critics expected me to play the role of a sheriff like in the Wild, Wild West, going around fighting corruption with both guns blasting," he said, adding that he was labelled as one expected to fail.
He then called for MACC officials to dedicate themselves in the fight against corruption, adding: "Let us all work together to prove the critics wrong."
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