Congress to give citizens’ view of graft


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 18 Jun 2005

PETALING JAYA: In support of the Prime Minister’s call to fight corruption, concerned citizens will host the National Congress on Integrity 2005 on July 16. 

Themed “Corruption – The Weakest Link,” the congress aims to give a clearer definition of corruption and provide citizens' views to the Government.  

An anti-corruption pledge will be tabled and signed. 

Co-organiser Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute convener Dr K.J. John said the fight against corruption was not just under the purview of government leaders or higher management. 

“Because it affects the conscience of the entire nation, everyone has a responsibility and the right to be involved,” he said yesterday. 

“As long as there are givers, there will be takers. The givers and takers are equally guilty when it comes to corruption,” he said. 

Dr John hoped that young people between the ages of 25 and 35 would attend the congress, which is open to 500 people, because “as future leaders of the nation, it is they who must believe that this battle can be won.” 

The inaugural one-day congress at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre is organised by the institute and the Graduates Christian Fellowship. 

The speakers include Malacca-Johor Catholic Church Bishop Rt Rev Dr Paul Tan, former Finance Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Clifford Herbert, Social Strategic Foundation executive director Dr Denison Jayasooria and lawyer Chooi Mun Sou. 

They will talk about what constitutes corruption, legal perspectives of corruption, its impact and effects on Malaysia and moral and religious reflections. 

For more details, log on to www.integritycongress.org.  

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