I recently read in an article that, “In a bid to battle graft, taxi drivers are being asked to be informers for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.”
I wonder when did someone from the government last take a taxi ride incognito. Whenever I take a taxi in Malaysia, I am immediately told that, “tak pakai meter” or “sebut harga”
That’s the funny part of things. Taxi drivers are part of the systemic corruption in our country by refusing to charge according to the meter or quoting direct prices for transporting someone from point A to point B. They are part of the problem, not the solution.
It’s kind of sad that our government now has to rely on people like these to become informants. While I can understand that informants are usually miscreants who are part of the corrupting system but this is just funny.
I would rely more on technology and stick CCTV cameras and microphones inside every taxi that are then stored within the vehicle and sent back for analysis periodically. This would also double as a security system for the drivers themselves.
Then again, what can I expect from the MACC?