CHINESE community leaders and associations have lauded the move by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to screen the background of candidates recommended for awards or promotions of official positions, saying that this will ensure they only go to those with a clean background.
According to Sin Chew Daily, Chinese community leader Datuk Pheng Yin Huah said he supported the ACAs move in checking the background of candidates recommended for awards and promotions.
Pheng, who is Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia deputy president, described the move as a sensible step taken by the ACA to safeguard the reputation of the recipients.
According to the newspaper, ACA director-general Datuk Zulkipli Mat Noor on Saturday said that last year, the agency carried out investigations on the background of 1,900 candidates recommended for awards and promotions.
Without revealing the number, Zulkipli said that some candidates failed to get through the screening, the daily reported.
Datuk Lim Kim Seng, vice-president of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Malaysia, described the ACA screening as a right thing to do but added that this was insufficient to prevent the recipients from abusing their powers.
Meanwhile, China Press reported that Hainanese businessman Chiang Jwee Min has been re-elected president of the Federation of Hainan Associations Malaysia, an umbrella body of 100 Hainan associations representing an estimated 200,000 Hainanese-speaking Malaysian Chinese.
The paper reported that Chiang, upon his re-election as the 33rd president of the federation in Kuala Terengganu on Sunday, called on the Hainanese to play an active role in politics, economy, culture and education at the national level besides contributing to their associations.
In another Sin Chew news report, the daily said 119 complaints of harassment against loan sharks by borrowers have been referred to the MCA Public Service and Complaints Department so far this year.
Department head Michael Chong said the complaints involved 756 loan sharks and a total borrowed sum of RM7mil. He said that this had become a very serious social problem, adding that last month alone, 30 borrowers had come to him for help.
He said that borrowers who got into trouble were mainly gamblers, although they said they had borrowed for their business.
I have decided not to help gamblers who get into trouble with the loan sharks, Chong was quoted as saying.