Opening up MACC for Chinese applicants....

MACC’s recent invitation for Chinese to apply for 40 vacancies in the agency initially sounds cool to me. 400 applicants vying for 40 positions. Definitely it is the right step in strengthening the resource available within its stable; removing the long held impression that civil service is mono-ethnic dominated as well as the notion that Malaysian Chinese shun a career in public service.

It is definitely a right step in the right direction. For the bright brain who once remarked that MACC is a Malay institution following the uproar associated with Teoh Beng Hock’s shocking and hitherto unresolved episode, you can take that remark and stuff it back to what appears to be a hole in your face.

Race card played over Teoh’s death shows Umno’s desperation
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 — Umno is not above playing the racial card when it comes to getting what it wants. Take the case of Teoh Beng Hock and the article written by New Straits Times Group managing editor Zainul Ariffin in the Berita Harian.

Zainul likened the criticism levelled at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as an attempt by certain quarters to weaken a Malay institution. It's no mystery or secret who these "certain quarters" he was referring to are and the question many opposition leaders and the public have been asking is this: since when did the MACC become a Malay institution

Footnote: I don't think he was suspended or sacked whereas the China Press Editor got into a huge pot of hot soup over some misreporting of Musa Hassan's resignation.

What, I wonder, was the reason for this turn of events? The timing of the announcement was interesting – in the midst of campaigning for predominantly Chinese votes constituency of Sibu by-election. I think this is a logical and intelligent tactical move.

Also, I remember vaguely someone shot off a remark following the Teoh Beng Hock uproar whereby so and so mentioned that MACC is suffering from an “image problem” whereupon I suppose what he meant was it did not look nice when a group of Malay MACC officers went after the Chinese Ex-Cos in the Selangor State Government. It might be easier on the eye if only Chinese MACC officers went after Chinese Ex-COs.

Rubbish, corruption is corruption and I don’t care about the race of the enforcers, suspects and wrong doers. As long as criminals are caught and the welfare of the nation is safeguarded, whether one is yellow, brown, black, polka dot do not matter.

I suppose this is a follow up on Najib’s pledge to his plea to the Chinese community to “give us a chance” as well as the resultant MACC’s “reaching out to the Chinese” drive.

Well, at least some effort is being put into clearing up the mess left by decades of race-base politics. I suppose a racist approach had to be taken but I hate to put it this way: MACC : Make Available Chinese Concession?

Understandably, while this piece of news made headlines in all Chinese press, Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian have chosen other topics as their front page news. Ibrahim Ali, Perkasa and their friends protest as much about this as they protested about celibacy perhaps – ziltch. And did we hear anything from Hindraf?

Maybe this is also a round about way by MACC is trying to say "sorry about Teoh Beng Hock."


please account to the public how much corruption was committed, please

The damage is already done. Months of denial, their own officers hampering the inquest process including lodging police report against respected foreign forensic experts who offered her assistance have left an indelible mark on my mind.

Najib administration also know it is crucial to have non-Malay votes hence there will be no more “Keris Waving” nonsense and a more sophisticated publicity campaign is crucial in getting non-Malay votes. So what is the driving force behind the recruitment cum public relationship stunt I wonder?

If the recruitment is meant to improve the service level of MACC then it is a fundamental statement about the quality of human resource available. Remember Mr Wong Chuan How, Ronnie Liu's PA? He gathered the documents and walked out of his office with MACC officers when another group pounced on and injured him. Few months later, someone connected to the court hearing told me the court did not fund a creditable case at all.

I wish to see change of substance taken place within MACC and real results; not cosmetic, superficial, feel good thingy ala “Work With Me And Not For Me”, ”Cekap, Bersih dan Amanah”, “Wawasan 2020” which have proven to fall well short of the grand promises made.

Call me old fashioned, I want to see big fishes in the slammer, stolen wealth returned to the national coffers and huge cases being accounted for to the public. The billions in PKFTZ, the tin market manipulation in the 1980’s that caused the collapse of our tin mining industry hence wealth and a proud history of our country, MATRADE, MAIKA, the huge losses highlighted in the annual Auditor General’ reports, the amount of sunken commission paid to a private company that has no experience and no business in buying submarines and having access into national defense matters….while the rakyat have to bear with inadequate public amenities all over Malaysia, like Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Sabah (a corpman in a fox hole in Iwo Jima can care better for a patient than this lot).

I like to see a graft fighting body that is accountable to the Parliament and rakyat and not to the Prime Minister. I like to see an anti-corruption agency that is not a political tool which was very efficient in arresting 2 state lawmakers and then somehow perform ever so miserably in court at persecuting them – waste of public funds again.

I also wish to thank those Malaysian voters who on 8 March forced a change in the BN’s think tank and also Pakatan Rakyat for their emergence as an alternative worth serious consideration. I wish to express my gratitude in sorrow solemn prayer to Mr. Teoh Beng Hock, whose death turned the tide in more ways than one, and in a far fetch way, created this 40 job opportunities for needy Malaysians that may signify greater things to come.

Dear Mrs Teoh, Happy Mother's Day.

Lastly, I wish the applicants all the best and for those who got the 2 year provision contracts, selamat bertugas whether you are in the investigation, legal and persecution, human resource and administration, public education, intelligence etc divisions.

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