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Giving or obtaining advantage through means which are illegitimate, immoral, and/or inconsistent with one's duty or the rights of others. Corruption often results from patronage. Business Dictionary
Something given or taken with an intention to influence the conduct or judgment of the person receiving it. Unlike extortion, bribe is used specifically to obtain something to which one does not have a right. Business Dictionary
The Prime Minister's famous bribery quote at the Rejang Park ceramah for the P212 Sibu by election.
“I want to make a deal with you. Can we have an understanding or not?” Najib asked some 1,000 people who attended a public rally at the residential area.
“The understanding is quite simple. "You help me, I help you,” said the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman.
“If Robert Lau becomes the MP on Sunday, on Monday I will ask the cheque to be prepared,” Najib told the all-Chinese audience.
Are these kind of talks and actions considered as bribery? The EC, MACC, PDRM and the AG are all silence and no answer coming out from any of them. There are only two answers to it, "its bribery" but none of these institutions dare to investigate or take action against the Prime Minister. Second answer "its not bribery" which they will likely stick to it, even if any report is launched against the Prime Minister knowing that they have the power to subdue any challenges.
Nat Tan had offered a well written argument on the Prime Minister famous bribery quote, "You Help Me , I Help You" which I reproduced part of it here.
How can we expect our policemen not to ask for bribes? How can we expect our civil servants not to demand under table money?! When our NUMBER ONE EXECUTIVE is the very one spouting “I help you, you help me.” ?!?
How many times have we heard this statement from the crooked traffic cop, or the government officer whose approval we need for our restaurant license?
How can we fight corruption in this country, with this sort of ‘leadership’ by example? >:(
The question that is really being asked here is: how much is our dignity worth?
In Chinese majority Sibu, I suppose this is an especially pertinent question.
The question may seem to be whether one should choose RM 5 million for flood mitigation projects, even if it means putting up with the same arrogant Umno racism that has existed for decades and continues today ala statements from Ibrahim Ali re: the May 13 gathering.
In fact however, the question is: what moral right could Najib possibly have to tie aid for flood mitigation to political choice?
Surely this is a) an election offence, and b) holding the rakyat’s own money and (more importantly) safety and livelihood ransom.
The people of Sibu *deserve* that RM 5 million to help stop flooding, REGARDLESS of who gets voted in tomorrow.
If Najib cannot see that, he must take us all for whores, and will clearly never, ever be a real statesman.