Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has voiced concern over the corrupt practices which he says are becoming increasingly common among the people, to the point that they are willing to ignore the negative impact such actions would have on the country.
He said this could be described as “memperasuahan”, or inculcating bad habits among the people so that it becomes part of their culture.
“I don’t know whether the word ‘memperasuahan’ exists in the Malay vocabulary, but whether it exists or not, the act of inculcating corrupt practices is often carried out in society.
Corruption has become part of Malay culture, and those who are corrupted do not care for the future of the country, said the Prime Minister.
In a blogpost Thursday (Nov 6), Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the notion of right or wrong is thrown out the window when receiving bribes.
“People who accept this corruption culture, no longer feel shy or embarrassed by accepting or giving bribes,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said when a community accepts corruption as a normal act that is openly practiced, there is no more feeling of wrongdoing in both the briber and receiver.
He said in the “cash is king” mentality, corruption has become a value in life and culture, especially amongst the Malays.
“Conflict with the law, and even sinning in terms of religion, is not taken into account.”
“The priority is getting something to fulfill their greed,” he added.
The Langkawi MP said those who accept corruption do not think long term about the impact to the society.
“It is certain that any nationalism, and its effect on race and country, is not more important than the desires of those who take bribes,” he added.