Corrupt government officials will face legal action: Dr. Mahathir

Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad today revealed that more senior government officers from the previous administration will face legal action for corruption.

"It has been six months (since Pakatan Harapan took over Putrajaya); we are in the process of reshaping the government. Actually, practically, creating the new government. Of course, we need officers with experience; unfortunately, some officers with experience were found to be corrupt and some of them have been charged for corruption.

"But there are many more. As soon as we can get the evidence, we will take action against them but, in the meantime, we have work to do to govern the country; we just can't focus on corruption alone," he said at a press conference after delivering a keynote address at the Anti-Corruption Summit here.

Dr. Mahathir indicated that some of the senior government officers involved will be retained for the time being as their services are needed to help the government but they will be removed once they complete their job or task.

Recently, a number of government servants were charged for corruption and criminal breach of trust (CBT), including former Treasury Secretary-general Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah and former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation chief Hasanah Ab Hamid, Malaysia's National News Agency (Bernama) reported.

Source: Bahrain News Agency