Press Statement by Dr. Chen Man Hin, Party Chairman
The DAP welcomes the new regulations requiring government officers to declare all the interests held by them and their families.
This ruling, however, must be extended to all public officers who are paid from the taxpayers’ pockets, including Ministers, Mentri2 Besar, State Executive Councillors, Parliamentary and Political Secretaries, Members of Parliament and Members of Statutory Boards.
Many politicians have used their public offices as stepping stones to amass personal wealth and fortunes.
Corruption can only be seriously tackled if Ministers, Menteri Besar, State Executive Councillors, Parliamentary and Political Secretaries set the example to show that they are prepared to have their assets scrutinised by the public, to ensure that they had been no ill-gotten gains during their term of office.
Despite repeated calls by the DAP, the government has refused to require Ministers and other public officials to publicly declare their assets from time to time. So long as this is not done, so long will corruption remain rampant in Malaysia. It is no use catching the ikan bilis when the big fish, the ikan yu, are left alone.
Audited on 2021-03-29.