Cane the Corrupt

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is asking the government to consider its proposal for the implementation of caning on those convicted of corruption.

MACC chief commissioner, Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said the proposed punishment on caning directly reflected the serious efforts of the agency to eradicate corruption in an all-out manner.

“If a cheating offender can be sentenced to caning, what more corruption…it will be more deterrent,” he told the media last night.

He said under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, the punishment for those involved in bribery was a maximum jail sentence of 20 years, besides the fine.

“The 20 years imprisonment is the maximum sentence, but most of them will appeal in court and some are jailed for only a day,” he said.

He said bribery would lead to other crimes, adding that the caning punishment should be studied in detail.

“I am serious on the proposal,” he said.

Shukri had earlier proposed that the government amend the law to allow heavier punishments for corruption.

“In China, those found guilty of corruption are shot to death.

“But in this country, such a punishment cannot be carried out as the government is undertaking efforts to abolish the death penalty,” he said in an interview on Bernama Radio on Friday.

“Since the death penalty is a virtual impossibility, I feel that it should be replaced with whipping.

“Six or seven lashes would suffice as a lesson so that the offenders would think twice about committing such a crime again,” he said.