Top government officers must be honest and responsible

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  • Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013

IT was very interesting reading the article “Same old shameful story” (Sunday Star, Oct 6).

I’m a civil servant (a professional) and am not surprised about the Auditor-General’s report.

Why? We work in a government hospital and are 100% aware that our facilities are inadequate.

It’s well-known that our requests to get basic instruments e.g. cardiac monitor or BP set or small funds of about RM1,000 for educating junior doctors have always been turned down with an excuse...No budget!

Then, suddenly you’ll see the hospital administrator able to come out with the money to pay a celebrity to sing in a hospital compound for the Raya festival or whatever reason.

Surely, the payment won’t be less than RM1,000.

Basically, this disease of CBT or corruption is like a pandemic in the civil service.

The Government must do more by taking action against those involved. It’s not enough just producing the AG report. What next?

For years many Malaysians have been asking this. To get rid of this disease our top officers in government must also be accountable and honest. The MACC also must not be selective in taking action.

Catching few low rank officers, who are involved in bribery with a value of less than RM1,000, will be less significant compared to that of a well-known politician.



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