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Chinese society can help combat corruption: Yeh

Published on: Sunday, May 11, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The Chinese society here needs to have a deeper understanding about the functions and role played by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in order to help the agency combat corruption and power abuse.

Kota Kinabalu Hokkien Association President Datuk Clement Yeh said they also need to acquire knowledge on the various corrupt practices so as to recognise such offences to be reported to MACC.

"The word 'corruption' in the Chinese community is very sensitive and we tend to have absolute resistance and rejection for the word.

But in our daily lives, there is no doubt that we cannot escape the issue of corruption. Many times, in order to facilitate or save ourselves trouble, we may choose bribery to close the case.

"To understand the corruption and bribery issue, we organised this programme with influential Chinese and MACC to have a better understanding of the agency's jurisdiction in handling and fighting corruption," he said.

Yeh said this in his welcoming speech at the Influential Chinese Community and MACC programme here on Friday night.

Also present were MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Dato' Sutinah Sutan and 200 people from about 30 Chinese associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

"We are indeed honoured and proud to be able to organise this programme and have invited the Chinese associations and NGOs to participate in the programme.

"We hope the programme will create awareness on how the Chinese society can assist the agency to fight against corruption and abuse of power here.

"Through the dialogue, we would able to understand how we can play our roles better to identify and detect corruption offences as well learn to coordinate with MACC to fully address the issues," Yeh said.

He also hoped the programme can jointly create a mutually beneficial win-win situation between the agency and Chinese community here to achieve a mutual aim - fight corrupt practices.