Friday, August 29, 2008

Corruption in Puspakom

News on corruption in Puspakom is not surprising to Malaysians who have to deal with this semi-government owned entity. Puspakom was set-up to check on road worthiness of motor vehicles especially those buses, lorries, pick-up trucks, four wheel drives and vans used for commercial purposes.

I have a friend who needs to send two of his commercial vans for the 'annual check-up' in Puspakom. As he doesn't offer bribes, his vans were not certified road worthiness and thus could not renew the road tax. In order to get that certification, he will send his vans to repair whatever was mentioned in the check-up report and line up all over again on another day. He failed again and this time, he was notified of other areas in the vans that were required to be fixed. Again, he went to fix it and line up all over again. The days wasted in repairing his vans unnecessarily and to line up again and again ................. that's Malaysia scenario.

Another person was saying that a mechanic that checks the undercarriage of a heavy vehicle could determine which part of the vehicle was not right just by using a spanner to hit a few spots. Out he comes and a report will be given, failing the inspection.

Another person said that he and his dad would go to the inspection centre annually for his dad's commercial 4WD. They will put RM400 in the vehicle before another official gets in. The car would still go through the normal check-up routine to avoid suspicion.

All the above happened in previous years but the Anti-Corruption Agency had only infiltrated Puspakom lately. As reported in Malaysiakini, ACA officers pose as tea boys to bust scam - Graft-busters posed as secretaries and tea boys to infiltrate vehicle inspection centres, arresting 36 officers for approving cars without even seeing them.

By allowing Puspakom to monopolise such inspection on nationwide basis, it is definitely opened to abuse. Frequent spot checks on Puspakom are useless unless this is rectified. Will we see the 36 officers being jailed then? We won't be updated with court cases of this 36 officers and won't know whether they'll be convicted. So, by highlighting all this ACA actions on Puspakom could just be another show by the current government.

Unless the government is serious about it in convicting them, the bribery sickness will continue nationwide in whatever industry, be it private or public sectors.

In reading Long, long wait at inspection centres in Johor-Star, it was rumoured that Puspakom officers have boycotted or protest on the arrest of Puspakom officers nationwide but denied there and then by a senior Puspakom official. Maybe ran away to avoid arrest?

As mentioned in the Star newspapers - unscrupulous staff and runners were endangering the lives of other road users by declaring the vehicles roadworthy without inspecting them - not cursing anyone here but then one day, one of their family members or relatives could be boarding those vehicles.

Reading: 10 more Puspakom staff held - Star
Tags: Puspakom, Anti-Corruption Agency, ACA, Bribery, Corruption, Graft Buster, Motor Vehicles



Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

Corruption is everywhere. I saw BPR's ad that they are recruiting 500 personnel.

30 August, 2008 16:16  
Blogger Simon Ho said...

it's time to actually get down hard on these people. teach these people a lesson for putting the lives of so many people in danger. want to earn a living do it the right way!

30 August, 2008 17:45  
Blogger acura said...

How come I am not surprised?

31 August, 2008 15:54  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

borneo - bpr cld be putting up a show with the current govt, nobody can tell the truth on anything now

simon - true, earn it correctly. imagine people at their levels are taking so much. what about those that are able to dictate with more authorities

acura - u shld be surprised that actions have not been taken all this while

01 September, 2008 23:16  
Blogger Unknown said...

I got nothing to say about the issues are there for an age...maybe, i'm too fed up with them already... (>_<)
as you know, in malaysia, here and there you can see the bribe issues....

02 September, 2008 13:45  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

nkw@i - everyone also fed up lah but pity those who has to visit puspakom a few times a year

18 September, 2008 15:47  

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