AG says corruption like termites that can weaken country


MALACCA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) will not hesitate to take stern action against any of its legal officers involved in corruption, says Attorney-General (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali today.

As such, he advised them not to engage in corrupt activities, abuse their powers or violate regulations and procedures that could tarnish the good name of the AGC.

“If an epidemic can be cured with the finding of a vaccine or a suitable anti-bacteria, corruption can be cured only with self-realisation,” he said when speaking at the Conference of the Attorney-General Chambers’ Legal Officers here today.

The three-day conference, which began yesterday, was attended by 631 legal officers from various government agencies nationwide.

Apandi said corruption was like a termite infestation that would slowly weaken the country without the people realising it.

“It (corruption) only starts with a dinner invitation to a hotel, and then a game of golf and travel. Finally, it spreads to requests and offers of money and luxury items openly without any shame,” he added.

He said the fall of Malacca to the Portuguese in 1511 was a lesson for all.

Malacca fell because the Portuguese bought the loyalty of the leaders and merchants with money, he added.