PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today suggested an amnesty programme for those involved in corruption as part of efforts to curb graft in the country.
He said such a programme could be considered by the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) provided that the individuals return “their ill-gotten gains”.
In a statement, he referred to remarks by the G25 group of former senior civil servants on the appointment of Latheefa Koya as MACC chief, in which it said corruption in Malaysia had reached critical proportions.
“Undoubtedly, MACC officers have their hands full with their anti-corruption investigations, but no top leader should be spared corruption investigations and prosecution as there is no statute of limitation for crime or corruption offences,” he said.
“Even if MACC is unable at present to deal with certain leaders or the former government because it has its hands full dealing with other kleptocrats and ‘sharks’, no ‘shark’ should be spared being brought to justice.”
In appointing Latheefa as MACC chief, he said, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had given her the challenge of “ensuring that both the kleptocrats and sharks of corruption are brought to justice in the next two years of her contract”.
“Malaysia cannot continue to be among nations where even former top government officials like those in G25 admit that corruption has reached ‘critical proportions, traversing all levels of society’ if Malaysia wants to transform itself from a global kleptocracy to a leading nation of integrity.
“Malaysians must never lose sight of the challenge and possibility of Malaysia rising up in international rankings in future corruption surveys to the best levels ever occupied in the nation’s history, and this is a task which all Malaysians must support.”