Sabtu, Disember 13, 2014
Celebration of International Anti-Corruption Day in Titiwangsa 13 December 2014 / 20 Safar 1436 H
I was invited by Transparency International (TI) Malaysia to deliver a short speech addressing the youth and Malaysian society in reminding them to stay committed combating corruption. It was in conjunction with International Anti-Corruption Day and TI organized Walk against Corruption. Prior the walk, the invited speakers such as Dato’ Ambiga (Negara-Ku), Maria Chin Abdullah (Bersih), Cynthia Gabriel (C4), Akmal Saufi Khaled (MYP), Dato’ Akhbar Satar (TI), Datuk Mustafar (MACC) including myself were requested to precisely share some of our thought on corruption within less than five minutes.
I keep pondering since 24 hours before the program started on how the best way to address the masses. The society according to Zakiah Hassan, the head of media officer of NKRA already knows the disgust of the corruption however the real problem is that corruption become normal life style and part and parcel of the business transaction. According to Ambiga whilst addressing the crowd were mentioning around 70% businessmens felt that corruption is normal in their transaction. It did mean that nothing wrong about corruption in business because it is a must.
Eventually I decided to focus on urging the youth and community to have a clear picture on corruption by reading a magnum opus of the late Professor Hussein al-Attas entitled The Sociology of Corruption (1968). Prof. Hussein al-Attas enlisted 9 characteristics of corruption:
a.) pecah amanah;
b.) penipuan terhadap badan awam, institusi swasta atau masyarakat umum;
c.) dengan sengaja meletakkan kepentingan khusus di atas kepentingan bersama;
d.) dilakukan secara rahsia kecuali dalam keadaan tertentu di mana orang yang berkuasa atau bawahannya dibenarkan melakukannya;
e.) melibatkan lebih daripada seorang atau satu pihak;
f.) adanya kewajipan dan keuntungan bersama, sama ada dalam bentuk kewangan atau dalam bentuk bentuk lain;
g.) terpusatnya kegiatan rasuah pada mereka yang mengkehendaki keputusan yang pasti dan mereka yang dapat menpengaruhi keputusan-keputusan berkenaan;
h.) percubaan untuk melindungi tindakan salah guna kuasa dengan menggunakan justifikasi undang-undang dan;
i.) penzahiran dwifungsi yang saling bertentangan oleh pihak yang terlibat dalam rasuah.
I praised an initiative taken by some graduates to combat corruption by forming a coalition to combat corruption among young people called ASPIRA whereby I personally requested them to include ABIM as well.
During the event, a coalition of civil societies to combat corruption (GIAT) was launched and ABIM would be grateful to join the lists hand in hand with TI, IDEAS, MNS, C4 and the rest.
Previously ABIM had actively involved with TI Malaysia in combating corruption during Haji Ahmad Azam Abdul Rahman as the ABIM's President. During that time Tunku Aziz was the Chairman and I still remember I participated in one of the workshop organize by TI Malaysia in Petaling Jaya. I'm not sure why ABIM was no longer active with TI Malaysia after Haji Ahmad Azam's tenure. Now I think it is the time for ABIM to renew its membership and participation in TI Malaysia to represent the Islamist voice in seriously combating the corruption.