Beware: Corruption, the silent killer

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By John Isaac

While we may be ignorant to many things around us, one thing we all acknowledge is the shocking level of corruption in the country.

Like a cancer, this disease has over the years slowly, but surely crept into all segments of society - tearing the nation apart little by little.

As stated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy director-general (prevention), Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil, eight in 10 Malaysians feel the level of corruption here has reached serious proportions.

If at all, it is probably safe to say that this is an under-statement.

It has in fact reached lethal proportions. You even have to bribe the parking attendants these days to park in certain areas.

Corruption has crept into everything. The term "under-table money" has become a norm in our society.

Each time one of us sees a road-block, the first thing that comes to our mind is "cari makan" again.

It will probably take years, maybe even decades before this disease can be reduced, if at all wiped out.

We need a total clean-up, from the very bottom to the very top.

Back in those days, when we speak about corruption, we immediately equate it to India, but today, sadly, Malaysia seems no better.

Pointing fingers as who is to blame would be a waste of time as honestly, each and every one of us are to blame.

It takes two hands to clap and as long as there is a giver, there will be a taker.

Though as enormous a task as it may seems, corruption is a silent killer worldwide and cannot be ignored.

Worse than a tsunami, corruption, if not treated, will bring the nation down to the ground.