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MACC deserves praise for its courage, sense of public accountability

MACC chief Latheefa Koya

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In making public the audio recordings, the anti-corruption body has rightfully discharged its duty and moral obligation to the public, says JD Lovrenciear

Why on earth would some quarters throw brickbats at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its courageous expose of the wiretapping that is literally smoking the rats out of their holes?

The MACC has rightfully discharged its duty and moral obligation to public accountability by going to the press with all the details of the conversations between personalities within the shrouded and tightly secured corridors of power. In doing so, the commission has fulfilled its sacrosanct duty to citizens to clean up corruption and fight it to the end. 

The expose does is not sub judice, as claimed by some defenders of those implicated. 

The expose is not counterproductive to diplomatic relations. On the contrary, it sends a strong message that there is no room in this world for plotters and deceitful gainers. 

It is time that our leaders and paid civil servants learned their lessons the hard way. Own up. Pay up. 

Enough of cover-ups and justifications taken behind the blanket of national security, diplomatic relations, sub judice, wrong procedures and what-not. 

The people demand the rule of law and leadership with full integrity along with measures to uphold accountability. They have a constitutional and democratic right to know the ugly truths. Procedures are merely academic. Truth is the ultimate. 

Syabas to the MACC leadership! This unprecedented step taken by Latheefa Koya and her officers not only affirms the long-held suspicions among netizens. It also sends a clear message to all those who have tainted their hands with loads of sins of commission and omission that truth and justice will triumph. 

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You can pay for the best defence legal eagles or fight for procedural correctness, but with credibility lost, it is best you now throw in the towel and do penance. 

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