Religious Grouping Slams Sabah Water Scandal; Wants Stiffer Fight Against Corruption

Part of the loot and valuables that was seized from the two Sabah Water Department officials.
Part of the loot and valuables that was seized from two Sabah Water Department officials.

KUALA LUMPUR – The massive alleged corruption in Sabah’s Water Department has caught the attention of the interfaith group – the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hindusim, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBHCST).

RS Mohan Shah
RS Mohan Shah

MCCBHCST deputy president Datuk RS Mohan Shah now wants Malaysians to put up a more active fight against the “cancerous” corruption afflicting the nation, just more than a month after the high-profile graft scandal in Sabah.

The group said the anti-corruption resolution was passed at its 34th annual general meeting (AGM) held in Kuala Lumpur Thursday night.

“And we have taken a position on corruption. It’s the same decision for the last four years. We want corruption to be reduced in Malaysia, to be looked into very seriously,” Mohan was quoted as saying in the Malay Mail Online.

“Reason is because you see we can see a lot of corruption cases like what happened in Sabah and we see all religions object to corruption, so that’s why we look at it very seriously,” he added.

Mohan was referring to the recent scandal related to the Sabah state water department involving alleged kickbacks from RM3.3 billion worth of contracts, where the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) made its biggest seizure in history with RM52 million in cash part of the confiscated assets.

According to the resolution that was passed Thursday night, the interfaith group noted that the situation of corruption and crime in Malaysia had “deteriorated at an alarming rate”.

“MCCBCHST hereby resolves that it will continuously urge its faithful and all citizens who cherish a better quality of life to take a more active role in combating these cancerous trends,” it said.

“MCCBCHST further resolves that it will urge the government in power to show more visible and tangible results in these areas so that every citizen can confidently say that we have a living environment that is visibly free from crime and corruption in this nation of ours – Malaysia,” it added.

The resolution adopted last night is virtually identical in wording to the resolution passed in September 2012 by the MCCBCHST at its 30th AGM, where it had then noted places of worship had become targets for attacks.

The MCCBCHST had also discussed internal matters such as the group’s activities and also religious issues in Malaysia, but Mohan confirmed that no resolution was passed on religious matters which he said has to be solved together amicably by all religious groups.