Based on the hierarchical structure of the public sector, civil servants aged 40 and below are mostly junior level officers. If they have the habit of accepting bribes, what more their superiors. From the few corruption cases reported in recent years involving relatively junior government officials and the amount of money involved, one dreads to think of the monetary sums in corruption cases involving higher level government officials.
Although most Malaysians seem to think that the corruption problem is serious and deteriorating, overcoming the problem does not seem to be a high priority for Malaysians. According to the Global Corruption Barometer – Asia Pacific report by Transparency International released last month, 54% of the Malaysians surveyed believed that management of the economy is the most important problem that the government should address, followed by wages, incomes and salaries (37%), poverty/destitution (25%), unemployment (24%), rates and taxes (18%), and corruption & bribery (15%). The Malaysian public should realise that when the giving stops, the taking stops too. Otherwise, corruption will never be seen as a serious social cancer eating into the moral fibres of the Malaysian society.