Kepong MP wants Dewan Rakyat to debate chronic corruption among enforcement personnel

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — The Dewan Rakyat urgently needs to discuss corruption within enforcement agencies in Malaysia, backbencher Lim Lip Eng said today.

The Kepong MP said it was a matter of national interest, adding that he filed an emergency motion with the Speaker’s Office yesterday proposing the debate under Standing Order 18 (1).

“We should start debating this matter to find short and long term solutions as well as consider if enforcement agencies should be put under Parliament's jurisdiction.

“We must put a stop to these despicable acts and end corruption among officers who're willing to put the country's safety at risk,” he said in a statement.

Lim's request came following revelations by Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya who told national news agency Bernama that the level of corruption among Malaysia's frontliners was chronic and worrisome.

Ahmad Khusairi said the influx of illegal immigrants, workers and students in the country was viewed as a big opportunity for a minority of unethical enforcement personnel to secure bribes.

“If we do not stop these practices our country's safety is at risk and the poor and underprivileged will be the most affected by corrupt officials from various agencies.

“It will also affect the economy as no one will want to invest in Malaysia because they do not have trust in the government,” Lim said.