KUALA LUMPUR – The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, called on the authorities today to adopt the holistic approach to combat corruption in the country.
He said the holistic approach focused on two aspects, namely strict and non-selective punitive measures as well as preventive measures to strengthen integrity.
There were two categories of perpetrators of corruption – the desperate who faced hardship and the greedy, he said in his address at the 47th anniversary celebration of the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA)/Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), here.
“The number of perpetrators of corruption in the first category will rise without the introduction of an effective formula that focuses on their welfare, especially in terms of the cost of living.
“The country cannot remain in a state of denial of the reality that is taking place. It is a major challenge,” he said.
Sultan Nazrin Shah said legislation and enforcement agencies were instruments that had to be equipped with comprehensive and logistic programmes to combat corruption.
“It (corruption) is not a sore throat that is temporary and can be treated with lozenges; it is a serious social ill that needs intensive care administered by social physicians and surgeons,” he said.
The ruler said that acting in a strict and non-selective manner in combating corruption was not an option but a necessity.
He also said that the preventive aspect required efforts to enhance integrity so that individuals were moulded with internal resistance, without being driven by greed.
MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang were also present at the event. – BERNAMA