Dr M: Using bribes to go for hajj doesn’t make it okay to be corrupt

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said performing charity or worship with ‘haram money’ would not make it halal. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — Corruption is an activity that damns both the offerer and recipient, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in a blog post criticising graft in the government.

In an oblique entry citing alleged vote-buying in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections, the former prime minister said those who partake in graft would be made to pay either in this life or the hereafter.

He also took aim at those who felt that using their ill-gotten gains for charitable or religious purposes would redeem them from the act, saying that haram or forbidden money could not be salvaged no matter how it is used.

“The truth is that money that is stolen or received as bribes remains haram. Charity or worship performed does not make haram money halal,” he wrote.

“Many who are prepared to receive money to perform the hajj and umrah do not ask where the money comes from. We are not forced by the religion to perform the hajj if we cannot afford it. We are not forced to steal and rob and commit corruption in order to perform the hajj.”

He said those who sought to make corruption acceptable were doing so with political motives, such as to hide their abuse of power and oppression of the people.

The former prime minister did not name any individuals engaged in the corrupt activities he listed.

Dr Mahathir is also not entirely free of corruption allegations and was regularly accused of abusing his position as prime minister to enrich members of his family during his tenure.

Despite this, he has made corruption the bedrock of his campaign to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.  – Malay Mail Online

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