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Relooking at punishment for corruption
Akhbar Satar | 24 Aug 2018 00:30
Punishment for whitecollar crime, including corruption, in the country should be reviewed to provide for heavier sentences to enhance existing punishment provisions including mandatory imprisonment and whipping.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had recently stated that he would like to follow China where the punishment for corruption is to be shot dead even though some don’t agree with his suggestion. Although it might have been said in half-jest, the statement underscores the seriousness and commitment of our prime minister and new government to eradicate corruption amongst employees and officers of the public and private sectors. Interestingly, Malaysia ranked 47 out of 180 on the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International while China was placed 77th.

Corruption is evil and a global phenomenon and no country is immune from its effects. It is the root cause of many problems, ranging from environmental degradation, illegal logging and farming issues to straightforward illegal activities such as gambling, prostitution and money laundering. As such, stern action should be taken against whoever is involved in corrupt practices irrespective of his status.

Corruption in fact can be viewed as more “brutal” than violent crime as the actions of one or a few corrupt public officials or businessmen can affect the livelihoods of thousands, even millions, of people. Corruption adds cost to projects or businesses which means less money for schools, hospitals and infrastructure for millions of people.

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