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Corruption has become part of Malay culture, says Dr Mahathir

The Star Online logo The Star Online 6/12/2018
In this Sept. 15, 2017 photo, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is interviewed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mahathir said in the Associated Press interview the opposition alliance campaigning to topple the country's corruption-tainted leader can win the next general elections and pull Malaysia back from a slide into kleptocracy. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) © Vincent Thian In this Sept. 15, 2017 photo, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is interviewed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mahathir said in the Associated Press interview the opposition alliance campaigning to topple the country's corruption-tainted leader can win the next general elections and pull Malaysia back from a slide into kleptocracy. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

PETALING JAYA: Corruption has become part of Malay culture, and those who are corrupted do not care for the future of the country, said the Prime Minister.

In a blogpost Thursday (Nov 6), Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the notion of right or wrong is thrown out the window when receiving bribes.

"People who accept this corruption culture, no longer feel shy or embarrassed by accepting or giving bribes," he said.

Dr Mahathir said when a community accepts corruption as a normal act that is openly practiced, there is no more feeling of wrongdoing in both the briber and receiver.

He said in the "cash is king" mentality, corruption has become a value in life and culture, especially amongst the Malays.

"Conflict with the law, and even sinning in terms of religion, is not taken into account."

"The priority is getting something to fulfill their greed," he added.

The Langkawi MP said those who accept corruption do not think long term about the impact to the society.

"It is certain that any nationalism, and its effect on race and country, is not more important than the desires of those who take bribes," he added.

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