Media statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Thursday, 3rd June 2010:
With two out five civil servants deemed corrupt by CUEPACS, the MACC is a big flop as it did not even arrest 0.1 per cent of the corrupt civil servants last year as its recorded some 0.06 per cent of such arrests
Cuepacs President Omar Osman said in Temerloh last night that a total of 418,200 or 41 per cent of the 1.2 million civil servants in the country were suspected to be involved in corruption last year.
This is the Bernama report last night:
With Cuepacs making the shocking disclosure that three out five civil servants in government are corrupt, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is a big flop as it only arrested 500 people last year and 144 people in the first quarter of the year.
According to official statistics, only 76 out of the 144 arrested by MACC for corruption in the first quarter were civil servants, i.e. 52.7%.
If the CUEPACS President's estimate is not far wrong, and going by the breakdown of this arrests in the first quarter of this year. i.e. 52.7% are civil servants, this would mean that last year, the number of civil servants arrested was 263 (52.7% of 500) when the total who should be arrested should be 418,200 (41% of 1.2 million).
This is not even 0.1 per cent as it represented a mere 0.06 per cent of the civil servants deemed corrupt by the CUEPACS President.
What has MACC got to say for such shocking failure in the discharge of its statutory duty to combat corruption, that it could only target 0.06% of those deemed corrupt in the civil service last year?
Did the CUEPACS President Omar Osman know what he is talking about?
Or was he misquoted by the official news agency - Bernama?
Malaysians are entitled to proper explanations from all the relevant authorities concerned - CUEPACS, MACC and not least of all, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor