Enforcement agencies to blame for rife graft, says MACC head

Dzulkifli-Ahmad-maccKUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad did not pull any punches yesterday when he laid the blame for persistent corruption on enforcement agencies.

“The reason corruption and abuse of power still exists, and is flourishing, is because enforcement agencies have failed to discharge their duties diligently,” The Star quoted him as saying during a dialogue with senators at the Parliament building yesterday.

According to Dzulkifli, most of the issues affecting the country such as drug abuse, leakages in national income, illegal immigration and inadequate border control stemmed from the weaknesses of enforcement staff.

He urged the senators to declare corruption and abuse of power “public enemy number one”.

The Sun daily quoted him as saying: “Corruption and abuse of power continue to thrive as enforcement agencies fail to execute the responsibilities given to them.

“As such, I seek the courage and the support of senate members to declare corruption and power abuse ‘Public Enemy No 1’ of the country. The time has come for all parties to be up in arms to address this as it has become a national issue.”

Dzulkifli has vowed to make anti-corruption a national agenda.

Recently, many officers and staff of enforcement agencies – such as policemen, firemen, Immigration and local council officers – have been arrested by the MACC.

Among high profile suspects arrested recently were former rural and regional development ministry secretary-general Mohd Arif Ab Rahman and Johor state executive councillor Abd Latiff Bandi.