The Sabah Water Department scandal shows that the government’s check and balance system has failed and needs to be overhauled, says a top MCA man.
Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, an MCA Central committee member also wonders why was the government’s check and balance system did not detect the alleged corruption earlier.
“It was recently reported that as much as 60 per cent of a RM 3.3 billion federal government allocation had been siphoned off.
“Where is the check and balance? If there are measures to prevent such corruption but no red flags were raised, then we must ask why.
“This is a serious wake up call to all, especially the government. We need to do a thorough study to overhaul the system,” says Ti.
He also says that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should look into the possibility that such corrupt practices may have occurred at other departments and agencies.
“The government should engage independent experts and other stakeholders to develop better and more transparent check and balance mechanisms.
“Such scandals affected the credibility of all government departments and agencies.
“Nevertheless with the seizure of cash, land titles and luxury goods and vehicles, government credibility will be further recovered once charges are slapped on the suspects, and the authorities give a timeframe as to when the seized monies and assets will be returned to government coffers to benefit the rakyat since the MACC had informed that the money can be returned to the country and its people after going through court proceedings.
“We also hope MACC will liaise with their counterparts overseas to recover any illegally-gained funds stashed overseas by the suspects as MACC has reported that the suspects held assets and cash overseas,” says Ti.
The Heat Malaysia Online