KUALA LUMPUR – The recent disclosure of the Director-General of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull who claimed to be too ashamed to admit he was a Malaysian due to the high corruption rate in the country had received strong criticisms from the public for being unpatriotic.
In a statement yesterday, Shukri shared that he said he was from Indonesia when he was asked about his country of origin when travelling abroad.
Principal Fellow of Institute of Ethnic Studies UKM, Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong said, he was very sad upon reading the open confession of Shukri as being reported by the media yesterday.
As the chief of an influential government agency, Shukri’s revelation was inappropriate.
“In my opinion, every citizen of a country need to have high patriotic spirit. No matter how bad our country is, that is our motherland and we should never be ashamed of it.
“On the contrary, as a citizen, we need to have the attitude, the responsibility and determination to correct the country and make it stronger. Regardless of how it is.
“We should never deny our nationality. High patriotism is needed, especially among individuals related to the government,” he said.
In a forum yesterday, Mohd Shukri claimed that the corruption index of Malaysia is alarming.
Malaysia scored 52 in the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), almost failed and it was under the C category.
In 2016, Malaysia obtained 49 points in the CPI and ranked 55 in the world and dropped to rank 62 with a score of 47 last year among 180 countries, the worst performance in five years in a study conducted by Transparency International (TI).
Malaysia ranked third among the 10 ASEAN countries, which was far behind Singapore which scored 84 and Brunei, 62.
For the record, Indonesia ranked 96 in the 2017 CPI Index with the score of 37.
In 2016, Indonesia ranked 90 and in 2015, the republic ranked 88. Malaysia, on the other hand ranked better at 55 (2016), 62 (2015) and 54 (2014)
Kok Seong added that individuals and leaders in government agencies needed to be more cautious and prudence in issuing statements.
The similar needs to be applied to the politicians, especially the younger politicians.
“The need to have the attitude of a statesman. This is important so that they will be more vigilant on their actions.
“Do not be selfish and get overly indulge in politicking. We need to instil tolerance and good values as leaders,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette