PUTRAJAYA: A circuit breaker is the "prescription" needed to stop corruption from becoming a norm, says former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (pic).
She outlined several elements to combat all forms of corruption.
"Our greatest fear should be that corruption becomes a culture, a norm where we see everyone doing it and we validate it," she said at the Leadership Dialogue at the Anti-Corruption Forum on Thursday (Sept 3).
On the circuit breaker, Rafidah said there is a need to weed out and penalise the corrupt.
"This needs to be done. Sometimes we mollycoddle and label them as superior," she added.
She said it was also important to instil educative processes which can nurture and forge good values and principles across the board in society.
"I have mentioned that everything begins in the house, in the family unit, the school system, workplaces and political organisations.
"At all levels, there must be a concerted effort to place priority on this national circuit breaker," said the former International Trade and Industry Minister.
Rafidah also said it was important to forge an anti-corruption culture and attitude in the society.
"We must educate the people to regard corruption as disgusting, shameful, unforgivable, sinful and must be rejected," she said.
Rafidah said there must be widespread understanding on what corruption is all about, its cost to society, how it impacts us individuals as well as collectively.
She said that national degradation caused by corruption has implicated the people's confidence and this needs to be stopped.
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