PAS Leader: Study Shows 88% Of Bribes Were Given By Non-Malays

PAS central committee member Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki defended his party president in a statement yesterday, 7 September.

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A PAS central committee member has defended his party president, alleging that over 80% of bribe-givers are non-Malays

In a Facebook statement yesterday, 7 September, Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki, citing a survey conducted between 2010 and 2014, said that 88% of 449 people who were convicted of giving bribes were non-Malays.

Without naming the study, he claimed the finding was a "PhD-level research from a local university", which was published in "a reputable international journal at a leading US university".

"According to the study, 57.46% of the bribery cases found guilty were from the Chinese, 30.51% from the Indians, and 12.03% from the Malays," he said.

"Among the factors that led bribe-givers to resort to bribery were to escape punishment whether in the form of fine or jail."

"Another factor driving (people to) bribe was the desire to become the priority choice of government agencies in relation to procurement, tenders, and the likes. The total cases of bribery convictions during that period were 449."

PAS central committee member Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki.

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Zuhdi's comment came after PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi said non-Bumiputeras and non-Muslims were the roots of corruption in the country

The PAS central committee member defended Hadi by saying what his party president had said was in line with the study.

He also accused Pakatan Harapan (PH), especially DAP, of using Hadi's statement to "toy with racial sentiments to gain political advantage", before expanding that 90% of Chinese voted for PH during the last general election.

In his Facebook statement, he also said that Malays were the majority when it came to receiving bribes.

"I have to admit, the plague of corruption involves all races whether they are Malays, Chinese, or Indians. Based on the findings of the study, the majority who were bribery recipients were Malays, while the majority who gave bribes were non-Malays," he added.

28 police reports have been lodged against Hadi after he made the controversial statement

DAP national chairman Lim Guan Eng said today, 8 September, that the government must take action against Hadi as his remarks pose a "clear and present danger" to the unity between Malaysians, reported Malay Mail.

"The government must take action against Abdul Hadi Awang to prove that corruption is colour blind and disprove his racist and extremist remarks that non-Bumis and non-Muslims are the roots of corruption in Malaysia," he said.

"To date, the PAS president has remained unrepentant and unashamed that he poses a clear and present danger to Malaysian unity and national integration between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, and Sarawak."

Hadi made the controversial remarks on 20 August: