PUTRAJAYA, July 10 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad concedes that the challenges in addressing corruption and abuse of power today is more challenging than when he was first appointed as prime minister in 1981.
Dr Mahathir said when he took over the country's governance 37 years ago, the government machinery at that time was viewed as virtually clean from corruption, unlike today.
He claimed that the actions of a former prime minister 'promoting' corruption through 'cash is king' culture resulted in the total involvement of the government machinery.
"We have to choose, filter before we take action. If we are suspicious, we cannot sack all the government officers whom we suspect (to be involved in corruption) because we will have no machinery to carry out our duties and orders," he said.
He said this to reporters after delivering his speech at a briefing on Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here today, which was attended by 160 Pakatan Harapan (PH) Members of Parliament and government administration officers, including Cabinet ministers.