Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Is corruption avoidable?

Is corruption avoidable? Quite debatable to me. Everyone might think he isn't a corrupted person, until if he is faced with the situation. Including myself, read on to find out.

In our country, talking on hand phone while driving is an offence. Quite recently i was caught by our police in town while talking with my client and i was also the driver then. The fine in court should be RM300 for this offence. Not only i have to pay the fine, i have to waste some time to pay at the police station. To avoid all these unnecessary, i quickly inserted RM10 inside my driving licence which the police officer requested. I need not said a word of explanation and the officer willingly accepted my incentive. This little cash allowed him to let me go free without a summon being issued. Both of us were happy. Willing giver and willing taker.

So! Do you think i was bad to have bribed the officer for my release? I believe those who have never being caught for any police offence before, might think i was corrupted. Otherwise think about it! Would you consider a easier way to relieve your offence if you had the choices? Or are you a firm believer who always go straight in principle no matter how wrong you are? I thought i was until i was faced with this situation.

Moral of the story - nobody is perfect.

Food for thought - “The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference” - Bess Myerson quotes


DengDeng said...

You are doing the thing right but you are not doing the right thing.

You are so stingy to the police. The balance of RM290 please buy your readers coffee or dinner.

"You want to throw all that away for 45cents?".... :p

Robert Foo said...

Hi Deng Deng,

I believe when you are in my situation, you too might be not doing the right thing.

To offer RM10 or even less to the police is also an Art. Sorry can't tell you here. If you buy me coffee, i will teach you personally when the next trip to KL.