Putrajaya does not protect anyone who is corrupted, said Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said those allegedly responsible will be taken to court and the judiciary will decide whether they are guilty.
“Do not think that the government of the day is protecting certain people and taking action against others to please certain quarters,” he told the Dewan Rakyat today.
He was responding to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who asked about Malaysia’s ranking in the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).
Malaysia dropped five spots, ranking 62 out of 180 countries on the public sector corruption category.
Anwar asked whether the CPI dropped because there is no political will to tackle the issues he raised, such as the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal (1MDB) and Pandora Papers.
“Those involved are going around as if nothing happened. This perception will affect the image of the country if there is no political will.
“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has a big role to play, but there must be political will (to address these issues).
“Why hasn’t the prime minister said MACC has to take action (on these issues)?”
The Port Dickson MP is likely referring to the cases of former prime minister Najib Razak and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Najib and Zahid are currently facing multiple charges involving abuse of power, corruption, criminal breach of trust and money laundering.
Najib’s case involves 1MDB and its subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd, while Zahid’s involves his charity foundation, Yayasan Akalbudi.
Ismail Sabri said the country’s deteriorating CPI score is not based only on corruption cases.
“There are other issues such as human rights. Maybe the views of the international agencies are different from our views here.
“Maybe they are looking at human rights issues through their own principles.”
The Bera MP said Putrajaya is looking to make amendments for certain policies such as political funding.
“This is one of the requests by the international bodies to be implemented here.
“There are nine issues that caused us to drop in the standings.”
The government is committed to implementing the initiatives in the National Anti-Corruption Plan, he added.
“However, we must realise it is a long-term effort, but the results will be seen soon.” – TMI