I came across this Letter to the Editor of The Star Online which I figure merits republishing and posting everywhere.
Date : Thursday February 12, 2009
Wearing the badge of corruption proudly.
I was watching TV3 prime time news on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009.
There were three news coverage involving corruption.
The first corruption case involved the handicapped wife of a former Taiwanese leader. She was charged with bribery worth over US$2mil. Throughout the visual news of her, she kept smiling and kept waving to the crowd outside the court.
The second case involved a local government official for a bribe, if I am not mistaken, of around RM60,000.
He also smiled at the crowd and even went a bit further by showing a peace sign to whoever was around him, complemented by a big smile.
The third case related to the two Perak state assemblymen who are now Independents and friendly to the Barisan Nasional.
Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu, state assemblyman for Changkat Jering), came an hour late to the court, resulting in the issuance of an arrest warrant against him. The warrant was later withdrawn. The other was Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi for Behrang.
Both were full suited. A large crowd was there outside the court and both accused never stopped smiling. Apart from that, there were hugs, patting and shaking of hands.
I am very bemused with all the three news coverage. It looks as though being charged with corruption is something to be proud of or which is normal. It also looks as though all of them had gone to war and returned victorious.
It looks as though corruption is part of our daily life.
None of them looked remorseful and sad at being charged in court.
If such attitude spreads, then it would be easier to count those not corrupt than those who are.
I think Pendidikan Moral should be introduced as a compulsory examination subject.
Is this what this nation has come to be? A nation where crooks and criminals are celebrated and hailed as their party's heroes?
I recall a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam where the Blessed Messenger prophesied that the the Muslims in the Last Ages (which is now) will be ruled by those who are the worst amongst them!
Isn't it obvious that this nation's political leaders are the ones who are the most corrupt amongst the people?
Each and every political leader from both sides of the field are most often tainted by scandals and charges of corruption in one way or another?
Both the Barisan Nasional, the Pakatan Rakyat and even the Monarchy are often rife with all kinds of news of the not so good to hear kind.
Which is why I feel that Mr.Srithanran's letter is worth reposting here?
May we all be saved from the crooks in power.