I shall persevere!

I would like to think that sharing one’s endowments includes sharing one’s thoughts, knowledge and experiences in the hope that they will indeed contribute to the betterment of society and mankind.

I would like to think that if one has acquired the facility of thinking and reasoning through God’s will and human endeavour, one must have the inclination and the courage to share its processes with one’s fellow men and women, not just at the level of casual chatter and gossip but in more formal settings of speech and writing. Only then can one invite rebuttals and comments that are of some substance! 

This brings me once again to one of my favourite topics – bribery and corruption. And the question of what constitutes bribery and corruption!

Having shared some definitions of corruption in an earlier posting, I’d like to discuss some notions/ types of bribery in the light of the controversy surrounding Nik Abdul Aziz the Kelantan Menteri Besar’s sponsored pilgrimage to Mecca.

The popular spiritual leader has denied that the all-paid RM 65,000 holy trip is at all unholy!

” On Tuesday Nik Aziz was quoted as saying that it was all right to accept sponsorship for the haj as it was not an act of corruption.” ( NST,  November 14)

” Nik Aziz had earlier this week deemed it all right for him to accept the sponsorship by a private individual to go for the two-week long pilgrimage, estimated to cost RM 65,000.” (The Star, 14 November)


The PAS strongman does not consider the haj sponsorship as bribery despite the fact that it comes from a company- Abroad Technology Sdn Bhd – that has been awarded exclusive rights to a government project viz putting up sign posts throughout the state of Kelantan. More intriguing is the fact that the Menteri Besar’s son-in-law who is the CEO of Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan was to be one of the 10 people in Nik Aziz’s entourage.  

If the sponsorship does not constitute a gesture of gratitude, a post-dated inducement, a big terima kasih for the Menteri Besar’s or his son-in-law’s approval of the company’s application/ tender, what does?

The difference is that the gift is beautifully camouflaged in the guise of a religious good deed, tajaan untuk menunaikan ibadat haji which in less dubious circumstances would bring much joy to the sponsored and much pahala to the sponsor to add to the grand total of bonus points that would guarantee him a place in Heaven.

It’s shocking to Nik Aziz and his followers who consider themselves the true “believers and people of faith” that this gesture of goodwill, this generosity of spirit can be misconstrued as something wrong by the media.

“Beliau menyifatkan tindakan media terbabit bertujuan menghalangnya daripada menunaikan ibadat haji dan menyamakan kumpulan tersebut dengan kaum Quraisy yang sering menghalang Nabi Muhammad SAW melakukan ibadah” (Utusan Malaysia, 14 November).

Once again Nik Aziz has turned the tables on the “non-believers” and accused them of committing a sin against him. By quoting from selected religious sources, Islamic leaders and ulama like him again and again justify their arguments and their decisions to the utter confusion of the Malay Muslim ummah especially those who don’t know better and  believe their every word. 

These same people should stop fooling themselves and their followers, and honestly search their minds and hearts. They must stop playing around with Islam for their own selfish political ends! They have a duty to address the relevant sections of the Holy Books which clearly forbid bribery, corruption and the abuse of power.

As I’ve asserted before, Malaysians of all religious denominations must understand and accept that bribery and corruption is a sin before they realise how serious the offence is in the eyes of God. They may not fear the government and anti-corruption agencies; their colleagues and superiors;  their family and friends; the police and the law! But if you instil in them the fear of God’s wrath in this world and the next it may work!


More frightening is the fact that the givers of bribes have become more creative and ingenious in wooing their victims and hiding their deeds. As the enforcement agencies get more serious, they are employing more camouflages and indirect ways of giving inducements or currying favour. If you can’t bribe the people in authority they have wives, children and other members of the family who may not be strong enough to resist the temptation. The givers and takers are sure they will never get caught!

Holidays, house refurbishments, courses and conferences, attachments and internships, even dental and medical treatments can serve as clever substitutes for hard cash. It’s becoming more and more difficult to find the evidence to book these corruptors of ethics and morality and throw them into the prisons where they belong!

7 Responses to “”

  1. 1 kassim ahmad
    November 15, 2009 at 7:30 am

    a good write. i hope it gets into the mainstream newspapers. it’s time this sanctimonious past-his-shelf-life politician disappear.

    kind regards


  2. 2 dannalli
    November 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    There is a very thin and fine line separating ….. The basic rule to me is “If you want it, DON’T take it”

  3. November 16, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Whilst UMNO has stopped displaying photos of their leaders on giant billboards, it is not uncommon to see photos of PAS leaders on giant billboards around Kota Bharu. A sign of decadence?

  4. 4 ninitalk
    November 16, 2009 at 8:07 am

    A sign of arrogance GUiKP!


    My letter is out in The Sun today and hopefully in another mainstream newspaper this week!

  5. 5 NanaDJ
    November 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I am actually sick of the antics of our politicians regardless of their parties. I for one believe that sponsorships for Haji and Umrah should be confined to the poor and those who could not afford to do so with their own money. So regardless of Tok Guru’s reasoning, it is just not right.

    Having said that, while the mainstream newspapers went to town over this issue, some politicians got away with their shenanigans despite all the revelations in the alternative medias.

  6. 6 ninitalk
    November 21, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I know the feeling NanaDJ!

    The daily revelations show how warped and shallow Malaysian thinking is on many matters, religious and secular. Sometimes the two are mixed up especially among the Muslims/ Malays, so much so they make us look silly and confused.We therefore need more enlightened people to speak up and clear the air.

    I think this is what the media tries to do – highlight the issue and then invite comments from the leaders and members of the public. In this way the democratic processes are activated and people can air their viewpoints.

    Of course there will be biases in the reporting and actions taken! It’s a cleansing process that’s gaining ground.But I believe it has finally taken off!

    And if more people like you and me speak up we can contribute to the discourse and influence some minds, if not all. WE MUST!

  7. 7 Bootsie
    November 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Just a short note:

    To be told by another fellow human that ‘being close to God is the PREROGATIVE of some people’
    I am currently reading the Qur’an with English translation, have not come across the above so far!!!
    I thought Islam IS for ALL!!!
    However, thank Allah I have some grey matter and I CAN think for myself!!!

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