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Government corruption successfully curbed, says Malaysian Prime Minister

Since the election and subsequent change in government, corruption charges against the current administration are non-existent, says the Prime Minister.

MALAYSIA – Free Malaysia Today reports Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke on the problems Malaysia’s government has had with corruption and how the situation has changed since the old administration was replaced.

“We find that talk and complaints from companies and traders that the government [is involved] in corruption are no longer heard. And if we go abroad, no one asks us what’s going on in our country anymore. This is because when we replaced the [previous] government, we also curbed corruption.”

– Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister

According to the Prime Minister, from companies to traders to the public, accusations of corruption within the government are no longer being made. Mohamad credits this change in reputation to efforts within the new administration to combat corruption, as well as pre-existing laws being better enforced.

Specifically, says Mohamad, officials who had previously failed to do their jobs, or who used their position for personal financial gain, have been removed from their positions.

“We’ve gotten rid of these people and if we find that there are criminal elements, then action will be taken against them”

– Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister

While the Prime Minister spent much time reaffirming the government’s accomplishments, he reiterated the continued need for instances of corruption to be reported and supported by substantial evidence.

“That’s why we focus on the [important] cases first and the rest will follow when we get enough information and evidence.”

– Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister

While all cases must be investigated, only those with strong enough evidence will be taken to court, so circumstantial claims that cannot be adequately corroborated slow down the process and don’t result in a conviction.

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