Corruption? It's just business.
I have taken the liberty of copying this from my friend, Art's writing. If you ever wondered why corruption is so rampant in Malaysia this story might shed some light on it...
I am grappling with the issue of corruption among Malaysians.
I used to have a relative who was a vendor manager in one of our national car company. Outwardly, he is a pious and God-fearing man. He prays 5 times a day. Would not drink alcohol. He fasts. He doesn't even eat or drink in a Chinese restaurants. (he however eats in Indian restaurants).
The thing is this. He takes money from vendors. Some vendors would bring him to expensive karaoke clubs every week. And he takes cash from them too. If a screw for the car costs 5 sens each, he would mark up to 6 sens and he keeps 1 sen.
One night we were talking. I told him that what he is doing is corruption. He disagreed. He said it is "business". And it is within his "power" to do so. He did not see any harm done by what he was doing. If the vendor doesn't want to do it that way, the vendor can go and fond other business, he says.
I think this mentality is prevalent among Malaysians nowadays. Is this the way our politicians think and is this the reason why corruption is so rampant? They just don't see it as corruption.