Friday, March 09, 2007

survey... bribery a way of life here...

wat do you think the root of the problem is?!?...

to me personally... one of the many reasons is the salary of the government emplyoees is wayyyy to low...

there are many proposals their salary should be raised, increased, etc... talk, discussion, debate, etc... you can do that till the cows come home... nothing, i meant absolutely nothing will be done by the government...

should the government feel it's ok and IF they were to raise their salaries anytime soon.. then you can actually believe that the general election is near... very near indeed!...

wait a minute!.. if this is the case, then the government have just created another corrupting deed eh?!?... :) .. uh-oh!..

malaysia corruption index gone haywire tremendously since aab took over the country as the pm...

p/s ; for more reading.. you can go to...

Survey: Bribery a way of life here

PETALING JAYA: Bribery is such a long-standing problem that most Malaysians acknowledge and accept it as part of life.

Lecturer P. Thinavan, 47, suggested that everyone dwelt less on statistics and focused on tackling the problem.

“It is rampant, but corruption only happens if the public partakes in it. After all, it takes two hands to clap.

“Take traffic offences for example. Offenders should follow the rules and pay for their wrongdoings. They are not in a position to bargain, but they offer to settle the matter with the traffic officer,” he said.

Thinavan was commenting on Malaysia Transparency’s Perception Survey 2007 which found that problems of integrity and transparency were “acute and serious.”

Another lecturer from a local university, Sharon Wilson, disagreed with the notion that every government agency was corrupt.

“We can’t stereotype by saying that everyone bribes or receives bribes.

“There might be a lot of cases of people offering bribes to get their driving licence, or situations where people, frustrated by bureaucracy, pay duit kopi.

“For me, it’s a matter of addiction and a bad habit more than an act of desperation,” she added.

Centre for Independent Journalism executive director Sonia Randhawa noted:

“If people have this perception that corruption is serious, it’s possible that they may be practising it as well.”

Asked how corruption may be reduced, she said government policies should not concentrate too much on individual responsibility but tackle the problem on a wider scope.

The survey was conducted from Nov 30 to Jan 12 and polled 1,436 respondents from both public and corporate sectors.

The results were released on Monday.

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