𝟏𝟕 𝐀𝐔𝐆𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏
𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐤𝐥𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞
Malaysia is once again dragged into a political crisis.
Betrayal and political interests have caused the Perikatan Nasional government to collapse in the same way they had caused the Pakatan Harapan government to collapse 1 1⁄2 years ago. This time, the situation is far different from during the days of the Sheraton Move. Today we are faced with a pandemic that is raging and has no signs of slowing down with new variants emerging. Our economy is shattered, our healthcare system collapsing, and lives are being lost every day, including people dying from poverty and mental breakdowns. Our country is in a critical emergency situation.
Now that the country’s top job is up for grabs, and Members of Parliament (MPs) are required to send in their choice for the Prime Minister to the Palace by 4PM tomorrow, the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) is gravely concerned that politicians would be motivated by the promise of ministerial positions, GLC appointments and cash in trying to form the next government. Here again we would see history repeat itself after 1 1⁄2 years. If this were to happen, and the next government is formed on this basis, we risk becoming a failed state in the coming years due to incompetent leaders leading our country once again. What is even more worrying is that there is a real possibility of kleptocrats coming back into power and meddling with ongoing court cases. This would be a devastating outcome for our country.
Malaysia now needs politicians who are competent and with high integrity to lead this country out of the crisis we are facing. This has never been so important as the incoming new government would have an enormous task in building this country back up from every aspect and has to respond effectively to the national health emergency that we are facing.
C4 Center calls upon the political leaders of this country to learn from their past mistakes and take the correct steps to save this country. This is a chance for them to reclaim lost trust and reshape the country’s future together.
In order to ensure that we make it through this crisis and emergency our country is facing, C4 Center makes the following calls:
For all Political parties and leaders in Malaysia to keep in mind the suffering Malaysians are going through right now and the pandemic our country is facing. Every negotiation and political alignment being made right now must place the interest of Malaysians at the highest level.
The government and cabinet must be inclusive, comprising equally of the various ethnic groups in Malaysia. It is timely and important now as, for our country to succeed, we need to move away from race-based politics and policies and to appoint highly qualified and competent politicians to lead the various government ministries.
Any political alignment and manoeuvre taking place right now must not result in those facing trials in court coming back into a position of power. This is important as those that stole public funds and abused their positions must be held accountable and punished for their crimes against this country and her people. We also cannot afford for these politicians to have control over our country’s finances and assets in this time of emergency where these resources need to be responsibly used to help the people and drive our economy back up.
The new incoming government must, while responding to the health and economic crisis that we are facing, take urgent measures to carry out 11 key reforms that are much needed now in our country. These reforms would be key to driving Malaysia out of the health, governance and economic crisis that we are facing today.
The urgent reforms would include:
a) To halt political appointments in GLCs and statutory bodies, and allow for highly qualified persons to lead these. The use of politically linked foundations to carry out projects for the public using public funds must be stopped. Instead, these funds should be channelled to government agencies on the ground to cater to public needs.
b) To reform Parliament and bring back the Parliamentary Services Act. This is crucial as Parliament must be allowed to operate as a check and balance of the executive.
c) To pass an asset declaration law. The wealth of Members of Parliament must be tracked to ensure unexplained wealth is accounted for and that they are held accountable.
d) To pass a political funding law. Political parties must be free from business influence in shaping policies for this country, and vested interests must be declared. Donations to political parties must be accounted for and made public to also ensure that public funds are not swindled for political purposes, such as in the case of 1MDB.
e) To separate the office of the Attorney-General and Public Prosecutor. This will ensure that the Public Prosecutor’s office can work independently without the executive’s influence.
f) Reforms to the MACC. The MACC must have structural protection from governmental control or dictates. For this, the government must create a constitutional commission to be beyond the scope and control of the executive and ensure the independence of Commissioners serving the commission and also ensure the security of tenure for the Commissioners. Funding for MACC must also come from parliament, proposed by a bi-partisan committee, and passed by lawmakers.
g) Reforms to the whistleblowing law. It is imperative to have a good protection structure for whistleblowers to encourage them to come forward and blow the whistle on malpractices and abuses of power.
h) Reforms to the government procurement system. The government must pass a public procurement law and ensure a high level of standards in the procurement system. These reforms should take place in tandem at the procurement systems of both the state and federal levels. The reforms must ensure that quality services are provided to the public and cronies are rooted out.
i) Reforms in the civil service. The civil service needs to be overhauled to ensure a better public service delivery system. Our civil servants must be trained and upskilled to provide services to the highest standards. This is important now as they are the frontliners carrying out the policies of the government in driving the country out of the crisis we are facing.
j) To pass the IPCMC Bill. The police must live up to the highest standards and they must be governed strictly. Abuse of power, corruption and death in custody must be stopped. This can only be done if they are held accountable for their actions.
k) Political appointments as a form of buying loyalty and giving rewards must end.
It is imperative for the 11 reforms above to be carried out urgently, as soon as the government is formed. In fact, every discussion taking place right now between political parties and leaders must put these key reforms on the table for discussion, and for them to be committed to carrying these out.
We remind politicians that Malaysia cannot afford a misstep in direction at this moment.
Any wrong alignment would cause Malaysians to pay a huge and heavy price. We are facing a challenge like never before in our history. It is time for all of us to come together now and save our country.
𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 & 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐲𝐢𝐬𝐦 (𝐂𝟒 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫)
𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐧𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝟎𝟏𝟐-𝟑𝟕𝟗 𝟐𝟏𝟖𝟗 / 𝟎𝟑-𝟕𝟔𝟔𝟎 𝟓𝟏𝟒𝟎