It would seem that recent media reports about corruption watchdog, MACC arresting of several immigration officers hardly raised an eye-lid. click HERE and HERE

The general perception is that the MACC concentrates on the ‘small fries’ and not the ‘big wigs’!

It would however seem that problems at government agencies are more serious than what has been reported todate.

In the case of these corrupt immigration officers, the collection of over RM33,000 every week from the middleman to allow boats to transport illegal immigrants to Malaysia may be the tip of the ice-berg and something that has been going on for eons!

‘Toll-collection’ activities by these agencies (for self-benefit rather than for the government) is not only confined to human trafficking. Other well known activities include cigarettes, tyres ….. and even building materials!

What is most damaging and not acknowledged by all is the social consequences of these actions arising from the laxity in the enforcement of the laws!

Malaysia will be bereft of competitiveness and a target for money launderers and crooks craving for an image change only!

A growing population will find itself difficult to obtain decent jobs as a result of the leakages that are allowed to take place.

Don’t they realize that it doesn’t take that long for things to de-generate?

I recall my younger days whilst on an overland trip to Thailand …. and at its borders, the Thai immigration officers were openly demanding ‘kick-backs’ .

I understand things are different now with items or goods smuggled being traced back to the ultimate source …. reason being they recognize the social consequences of not doing so!

Malaysia seems to have reversed its role with Thailand.

Even crooks in Malaysia who have confessed still get a ‘slap on the wrist’ by the courts ….. lending credence to doubts being placed on the manner in which courts make their decisions.

Irregularities are now not confined to lower liners like policemen, immigration officers and the likes.

It has moved up-market! Read behind the stories involving the abrupt replacement of the CEO of Iskander Investment. click HERE

There is also the story of the change in the entire management of Prince Court Medical Centre, a unit of Petronas.

Everyone needs to play their roles ….. there can be no more fence sitters.

Everyone has to take sides ….. after all, you take either side by your action …. or inaction!

UPDATE (16 Oct 2010) – Like I say, how do you prevent the Rakyat from being sceptical if you read about acquittals on a regular basis ….. in this case, the acquittal of the former Director General of the Immigration Dept. click HERE …. and btw, he’s reporting back for duty!!


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