30
Sep
15

Nothing wrong with obtaining evidence on corruption

OPINION: There is nothing wrong with obtaining evidence on corruption, and instead of investigating those who are supposedly doing so, the police should thank them for helping to do the job that cops are sworn to do; unearthing and stopping crimes in all forms.

Indeed it would serve the police more to perhaps take their 112 statements as witnesses, rather than to interrogate them for alleged offenses under Section 124B for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, or Section 120 for allegedly wanting to topple the government.

If unearthing corruption and graft is an activity that is detrimental to parliamentary democracy, then the police might as well arrest the entire Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, their own Commercial Crimes Division and all journalists.

For digging up evidence or allegations of corruption, graft and abuses of power are the very bread and butter of MACC investigators, commercial crime division cops and investigating reporters.

Indeed it is this very thing that law enforcement and regulatory authorities are supposed to be doing themselves, instead of harassing, arresting and threatening those who are allegedly doing so.

Furthermore, there is a clear separation between the system of governance, the ruling party and the chief executive. The party is not the government, just as the chief executive is not the party.

Government by consensus is not and cannot be dominated by one man, else it would be more akin to an authoritarian regime, or to put simply a dictatorship.

Within the ruling party, taking down the chief executive is the norm in mature democracies, even outside of elections as intra-party leadership challenges are common, as what has been shown to us by the numerous times Australia changes PMs.

And within the Parliament, it is also the norm in mature democracies for elected lawmakers to hold extra-electoral change of alliances that may bring down a sitting government, and replace it with a new one as support bases can change.

And if wanting to remove a corrupt or unpopular leader is a crime, then the police might as well arrest all politicians and all registered voters, break up all the political parties, seal up the Election Commission and suspend elections and Parliament for good.

For democratic elections, internal politicking within political parties and the Parliament itself contain devices by which leader who are unpopular and who no longer hold the confidence of the majority of the lawmakers, can be displaced via elections or other means.

Indeed these very activities are the lifeblood of the democratic process, that ensures it truly is a government of the people by the people.

Truly it is those who want to suppress such democratic mechanisms to stay in power, who are committing acts that are against parliamentary democracy and indeed public interest.

What more, most guilty are those who interfere with the staffing, transfers and dismissals of attorney generals, MACC investigators, Special Branch chiefs and key public officials.

For they are not only acting against parliamentary democracy but are interfering with and insulting the very bedrock of our nation and its governance, the institutions, including the police, which should be the bulwark to safeguard public interest .

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Nothing wrong with obtaining evidence on corruption
18/9/15 – theantdaily.com

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