‘Surat sokongan’ as currency in politics

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A viral video showed Wan Fayhsal offering support letters in exchange for votes in the Bersatu party elections. This week, he won the Amada chief position and defended his statements. BFM speaks to Cynthia Gabriel, a human rights advocate with the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), about the ethics surrounding support letters.

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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
23 Aug 2020 11.46am

Which official would be daring enough to ignore a ‘SUPPORT’ letter as is it may be perceived to be complied with the rationale that
YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND?
Civil service officer may be convinced that a rejection may have a detrimental impact on their position-promotion-career and on compliance also may have beneficial effects on their career.
ARE NOT MOST OF THE PAST/CURRENT/ONGOING CASES REFERRING TO PUBLIC FUNDED CONTRACTS/PROCUREMENTS/CONCESSIONS WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED OR LEGAL ACTION TAKEN NOT IN SOME WAY CONNECTED TO INDICATED ‘SUPPORTS’ FROM LEADERSHIPS WHERE ELITE OF CIVIL SERVICE MADE DECISION IN ACCORDANCE WITH DIRECT OR INDIRECT ‘SUPPORTS’?
Is value of a ‘support’ letter not dependent on the status of the giver?