Corruption
Preventing Corruption: Media and Citizenship

Corruption

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Event date: 27 July 2021

INPUMA (International Institute of Public Policy and Management) is organising a series of six policy talks, under its INPUMA Policy Talk Series. This is their 5th policy talks with topic: Preventing Corruption: Media and Citizenship

Panelists:

  • Tunku Abdul Aziz – Former Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the establishment of the United Nations Ethnic Office.
  • Professor Dr Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid – Professor of Political Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
  • Datuk Seri Azman Ujang – Former Chairman of Bernama

Moderator: Datuk Dr Hamzah Kassim – Adjunct Professor, Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA)

Tunku Abdul Aziz:

  • The word against corruption cannot be forced intensively without the active supporting involvement of all sections of the community.
  • Strong institutions are crucial.
  • When good governance is in place there will be less of a problem of corruption.
  • Corruption was no longer a taboo subject to be whisper and never talk about. With continuing media support as a platform for public discourse on corruption, in all its manifestation it’s beginning to take shape.
  • No anti-corruption can succeed without public support.

Professor Dr Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid:

  • One major fault of our society is having the wrong people as role model. We see a tendency in our society of still glorifying, still only respecting people who have been convicted as corruptors.
  • As a citizen, we have a role to play, and of the major role is for a politician who involved in corruption, our role is voted them out.
  • Apart from citizen initiatives, political parties also have to take action and not nominate candidates who in the past have been tainted with corruption.
  • For political parties, if member or candidate which have been found guilty of corrupt tendency, weather in their internal electoral practices or in the practices of some of their candidates, strong and firm disciplinary have to be taken against them.  
  • Education about corruption. There is not enough exposure to corruption among students whether in subjects such as Nation Hook Studies or “Tata Rakyat” at the school and at the university level.

Datuk Seri Azman Ujang – Former Chairman of Bernama

  • Most of our anti-corruption has been on enforcement, investigation and there is process thereafter. 
  • We need to shift our focus to Preventing corruption.
  • Besides battling the covid-19 pandemic, we are also battling the pandemic of corruption.
  • Corruption thrives as compare to the 1960s and 70s because there is too much money being moved around by the way of implementing projects, procure tenders, procurement, etc, in the name of nation-building.
  • This provides unlimited opportunities for all sorts of corruption that has been committed by those with the power to abuse.

Watch the full discussion below:

Preventing Corruption: Media and Citizenship