Looking down on corruption not culture in M’sia

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Mahathir Mohamad

It’s no secret that Muslims are among some of the most corrupt.

BLOG Those who are corrupt and try to “whitewash” or excuse the practice are nothing less than criminals. They know that corruption is wrong, and that even religion prohibits it, but they continue to whitewash the practice.

By them making it seem as if corruption was halal (permitted), others are persuaded to accept bribes.

It’s no secret that Muslims are among some of the most corrupt. The practice of looking down on corruption does not exist among Muslims in Malaysia.

Those who are in the wrong, having committed corrupt acts, may not be brought to justice in this world because the perpetrators themselves are responsible for enforcing the law. It’s wrong not only in law but also in religion not to prosecute those who have done wrong.

This multiplies the gravity of the criminal actions and the sins committed. Giving bribes and accepting them are already two crimes committed.

If the source of the bribes given was corruption, those who are party to these illegalities have sinned three times over. In Islam, we are given the right to repent but that’s only acceptable to Allah if we don’t repeat the wrongs done earlier. Those who hope to collect bribes in the future, during elections as well, must keep the message of the Quran on repentance in mind.

The hope of the people that the law will prevent corruption may not be realized fully. The law, for example, criminalizes theft and can reduce such incidents but cannot stamp them out altogether.

If those responsible for enforcement of anti-corruption laws themselves are corrupt, any such law would not have meaning. It’s even worse when the anti-corruption laws are used for other purposes, for politics, for example.

There’s action taken when the corruption involves a mere million but nothing is done if it involves billions. It’s halal (permitted).

The bottomline was that the rejection of corruption must be a culture, a value, and only this can help reduce corruption. It’s true that corruption exists everywhere. However, it can be reduced and even eliminated if a people frown on such acts and reject them altogether.

It all begins at the top. The leaders should set a good example to the people and get educationists to drill into students, from nursery to university, the importance of rejecting corruption.

Malaysia was headed towards destruction owing to corruption being widespread and the practice being used to control everything.

The recent by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar are examples of widespread corrupt practices taking place in public. Many voters were given cash, bags of rice and electrical equipment. They know that they are being bribed and those feeding them also know that they are doing something wrong in the eyes of the law and by religion.

Because of corruption, those who gave out the bribes won the elections.

The electoral victories were not legitimate. It’s not halal.

It’s like trying to use or eat stolen goods.

We can go on, and on, on the dangers of corruption.

The practice destroys societies, oppresses the poor, hinders development and progress and prosperity, and makes it easier for outside forces to weaken and take over countries.

 

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