Friday October 5, 2012
PM: Leaders should show values they wish constituents to follow in the fight against graft
By RAZAK AHMAD
KUALA LUMPUR: Leaders must exemplify the values they wish their constituents to follow in the fight against corruption, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said the behaviour of those in power was important as it could influence and shape societal norms and values.
“The importance of cultivating the appropriate social norms and values is critical for the war against corruption.
“This makes the behaviour of those in positions of leadership, be it in politics, government, business, civil society, education and the home, especially important in instilling the right values and ethical conduct,” Najib told delegates at the opening ceremony of the 6th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) here yesterday.
Najib said laws alone were inadequate in eradicating corruption.
What was also needed, the Prime Minister emphasised, was to instil a natural abhorrence for corruption in society.
“Indeed, there is strong evidence to suggest that in societies that have managed to reduce corrupt behaviour, this, to a great extent, is dependent on entrenched codes of behaviour and strong civic consciousness,” said Najib.
More than 1,000 anti-corruption officers from over 100 countries are taking part in the four-day event.
Relating Malaysia's experience to the delegates, Najib said that while the Government regarded curbing corruption as a national priority, it did not believe that the efforts done so far was an end in themselves.
“The ultimate aim is to create a truly ethical, responsible and progressive society,” said Najib.
He later presented a RM1mil donation from the Government to the International Anti-Corruption Academy to fund its programmes.