REFERRING to the report “Government committed to making Malaysia graft-free” (The Star, Sept 10), this would indeed fulfil the mandate entrusted to it by the rakyat at the last general election.
It is often said that the accomplice to corruption is our indifference. Bearing in mind that the worst affected by corruption are the ordinary people, it is critical that they join the government to achieve this national objective of reducing/getting rid of graft.
Experts stress that ethics is central in the prevention of corruption. It would be a good idea then to follow the example of Australia’s New South Wales parliament where new members would be required to participate in a compulsory online and face-to-face ethics coaching to deal with integrity issues.
Former vice-president of the United States Joe Biden once said that fighting corruption is not just good governance but also self-defence and patriotism. In Malaysia’s context, the government must further strengthen the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and also lead by example in the administration of our nation.
SZE LOONG STEVE NGEOW , Kajang
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