PETALING JAYA: It is important to ensure that the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) is properly implemented, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman said successfully implementing the NACP will help the country move towards zero corruption.
"The newly-launched NACP, with its lofty goal of making Malaysia graft free by 2023, should be well-received by all Malaysians who are opposed to all forms of corruption.
"Ultimately, it is the implementation that is crucial and this requires political will and the fullest commitment by all strata of Malaysian society to make the plan successful," said Lee in a statement Wednesday (Jan 30).
He said that the implementation of the NACP must be "effectively monitored" at all stages.
"Enforcement without fear or favour is also essential to the success of the plan," he said.
He added the Government must lead by example by rejecting all forms of corrupt practices.
He said that the fight against corruption must involve all Malaysians, as everyone has a role to play.
"Teaching the young from kindergarten about the evils of corruption must be done if we are to succeed in building an anti-corruption culture.
"Elements of anti-corruption education must be included in the school curriculum under the subject of religious and moral education.
"In the fight against corruption, emphasis must be given to schools where we could educate students from young to loathe corruption in the same way they are taught to hate drugs.
"We have to teach moral values at a young age so that when students leave school or university and enter the workplace, they would have realised the importance of not getting involved in corruption," he said.
The NACP, he said, needed to be promoted extensively, including by holding awareness campaigns among all government departments and agencies, private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the community.
"We must adopt zero tolerance towards corruption and it must be promoted throughout the nation using all available resources," he added.