KUALA LUMPUR: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu today berated religious leaders who defended Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) but did not put any effort into eradicating corruption in Malaysia.
Without naming anyone, Mohamad, who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, said he failed to understand how such individuals who wielded influence among the people did not act to remove the scourge of graft affecting the country.
He said they had been taken in by a “damned belief” (“fahaman celaka”) that it was not necessary for them to address the issue.
“In Islam, the issue of graft and misappropriation cannot be tolerated,” he said.
“Why is DAP championing the fight against corruption when Muslims should (also) be doing it?
“We have been taught that those who give and accept bribes will go to hell,” he added.
“It is our job to educate the people to fight graft and misappropriation. BN must be overthrown!” he said in his speech when officiating at the opening of the Selangor Amanah convention here today.
Mat Sabu also said there were people who tried to present the act of bribery in a positive light by using terms like “habuan”, which in Malay refers to a noble gift to be shared.
The former PAS leader also warned that if Pakatan Harapan (PH) commits the same errors as BN if it takes over the federal government, it could also be overthrown.
“When PH takes over Putrajaya, it needs to remedy the situation,” he said.
“The coalition needs to ensure institutions like the attorney-general’s chambers, the judiciary, the inspector-general of police and the election commission regain their rightful authority. All these institutions must have integrity.”
He said the agencies had been in a good state after the British colonialists left Malaysia in 1957 but began to crumble under the subsequent Malaysian governments.
“Apparently, graft became a normal practice. We are ashamed of this.”
Mat Sabu also claimed that government agencies today are being used to tackle political foes of the ruling party instead of pursuing important ideals like fighting against crime or standing up for the truth.