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Malaysia Islamic agency says graft is treason, can destroy civilization

Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) said in a sermon Friday that Muslims should combat the scourge of corruption because it can ruin a nation and civilization.

Jakim said Muslims should remember that corruption is ‘haram’ in Islam and the al-Quran states it clearly, a local report said.

‘The scourge of corruption can destroy good values, justice, oppress the people and ruin democracy. It pollutes one’s character as the person will have no honor in his or her pursuit of power and monetary gains,’ Jakim said.

The agency urged Malaysians to cooperate by assisting the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and taking personal responsibility.

‘We cannot rely on the MACC or any other government agencies alone to fight corruption. It is also the responsibility of each and every one of us. All of us should play a part to help the authorities.

‘Corruption knows no boundaries. Remember the giver, taker and the middle man involved in graft are all guilty of the crime,’ Jakim’s sermon said.

Some corrupt practices may not be illegal in eyes of worldly law but are still forbidden under Shariah, Jakim said.

‘A corrupt act will demoralize those who are sincere and cause a lot of problems in an organization,’ Jakim said.

The Islamic authority urged the Malaysia government to conduct more awareness campaigns and educate people on the menace of graft, the report said.

‘Those involved in corrupt practises are traitors to the nation. Let us be a people of integrity and fulfill our duties with sincerity to bring goodness to the realm created by Allah,’ Jakim said.

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Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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