Minderjeet Kaur | March 13, 2017
Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen says it is not possible for civil servants to be corrupt without the backing of politicians.
KUALA LUMPUR: An opposition MP says politicians, not civil servants, are the source of corruption in the country.
“The source of corruption are politicians. The issue is political funding. I am taking a non-partisan stand on this,” said Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya).
Wong Chen said it was not possible for civil servants to be corrupt without the support of politicians.
“No politicians are arrested. Does that mean civil servants are more powerful?” he said during a debate at the Dewan Rakyat today.
He added that it was important to identify the root cause of the problem allowing corrupt politicians to rise, giving the example of controversial state sovereign fund 1MDB.
“The biggest case is the kleptocracy involving a company that we can’t name here.”
Wong Chen also asked about the annual cost for political parties, saying each party should state the amount needed per year.
“If you can oversee national budget, why don’t you know the amount for your party?
“RM10 million is enough for a party of 500,000 members,” Wong Chen said, adding that this was based on a study he had conducted.
“In that case, Umno doesn’t need RM2.6 billion. RM35 million is sufficient.”
As for the perception that the police are corrupt, Wong Chen suggested that the home ministry invest in body cameras for traffic police as well as police handling organised crime.
He said the constant monitoring would help improve the negative perception against the force.
~ Free Malaysia Today