The sec-gen's official Dmitri Vlassis, head of the UN;s Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had commended Malaysia for taking serious efforts at tackling corruption.
Saying a United Nations official's recent praise of the Malaysian government's anti-graft efforts has "horrified" local anti-corruption campaigners, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang called on UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon to state whether it reflected the world body's official stand.
Lim was not pleased with such a commendable remark by Vlassis. To Lim, Malaysia should be condemned as the most corrupt nation in the world.Lim was referring to remarks by Dmitri Vlassis, head of the UN’s Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who commended the Malaysian government for its “serious efforts” at tackling corruption while at the same time dismissed the annual Corruption Perception Index prepared by Transparency International as “outdated” and “counter-productive”.
Vlassis's remarks were made during the recently concluded annual conference of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities in Kuala Lumpur.
"Anti-corruption activists and campaigners in Malaysia want to know why Vlassis is condoning or seeking to 'cover up' the failures of the government’s anti-corruption campaign in Malaysia, in particular in the past 42 months of Najib premiership despite the fanfare about the Government Transformation Programme and NKRA on fighting corruption," said Lim in a statement.
Who does he think he is? Making such calls to the UN sec-gen didn't make him a sensible man. He didn't see and recognise the government's effort in fighting graft although he himself is aware that corruption is not easy to contain.
Corruption is like prostitution, Lim! Why didn't you make any call to Selangor, Penang and Kelantan, and the Federal to combat vise activities as well, instead of showing so much interest in corruption when the government, via the MACC is going all out to control it?
Or maybe you want the UN official to spare Pakatan Rakyat that complimentary remarks when you guys take over Putrajaya in the next general election?