'Progress' in corruption

Thursday, October 28, 2010 Zi Qad 19, 1431 A.H.

I didn't know our prime minister had a sense of humour. The whole world knows how corrupt his government is, and the PM says with a straight face that he sees no corruption in his government. This news must have amazed the Asian Development Bank which recently said that there had been something fishy in the rental power machinery purchases. But then, perhaps what we and the rest of the world think to be corrupt is not so in the minds of those who are in power.

Consider, for example, the prime minister's wife's loan of Rs171 million (plus 20-year interest amounting to more than Rs340 million) being written off, and then his wife doing shopping in the UK worth Rs20 million or so. You might call this corruption, but apparently the prime minister and the people he has dinner with think there's nothing wrong in it. So we should assume that Transparency International is being paid by the Hindu-Christian-Buddhist-Jewish lobby to malign our honest government leaders.

Shakir Lakhani
Thye News, October 28, 2010