One hand cannot clap but can wave for help

تم نشره في Sat 22 February / Feb 2014. 07:44 PM - آخر تعديل في Sat 22 February / Feb 2014. 07:44 PM

By Fahed Khitan

Reviewing the files dealt with by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during the last few years makes one realize the effort exerted by the ACC in prosecuting the corrupt and the corruption.

Before we ask about the major files, it should be mentioned that the Lower House took those files from the ACC, and closed them one at a time. The only major file remaining with the ACC is the Arab Potash Company’s file after it was privatized, and it ended with prosecuting the main defendant in it, Walid Al Kurdi.

The commission — even if not responsible for capturing a fugitive defendant — is sure the state agencies will be able to retrieve at least US$383 million Kurdi deposited in British banks.

The issues resolved by the commission are many, and are of no lesser important that the potash’s; retrieval of thousands of hectares owned by the treasury in Aqaba and other areas around the kingdom, collecting millions of stolen treasury money, and rectifying dangerous issues in legislation and systems. Many of the amended regulation have always been backdoors for corruption, i.e. changing decisions in tenders, medicine procurement by the ministry of health, and retrieving stakeholders’ assets.

The last case was uncovering the fraud in obtaining medical licenses by physicians in the ministry of health, and charging the defendants. That was not an easy job; it affected thousands of lives, forcing the ACC’s investigators to work day in and day out to discover the scam and those involved in it. However, none of those morally responsible for what happened thought about submitting their resignation or apologize to the public for what happened in their department and within their area of responsibility.

It might be appropriate in the near future to legislate an amendment to the national integrity charter, mandating that every person running a department in which a graft case is uncovered should submit their resignation.

Lately, a coalition has been formed between the agencies concerned with anti-corruption measures and those concerned with oversight. The chief player in the coalition has been the Jordan Food and Drug Administration, which is playing an important role defending people’s right to healthy foot that meets the Jordanian specifications.

The third party in this triangle, who strongly entered the coalition lately, is the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization, which nobody paid attention too or trusted before Dr. Haidar Al Zaben assumed its leadership. Its latest honorable stance was rejecting the gas cylinders shipment after it proved to be unfit for usage within the country.

The experiences of the three agencies prove a universal truth; one person on the helm of a public organization can restore the public’s trust in the organization’s work. That person does not to do a lot, only believe in his/her mission, and bravely take a stand as dictated by his/her conscience, and in line with the law.

 “One hand cannot clap”, the proverb teaches us, but you only need one hand to wave for help, and people around you will see it and support you. That is what happened with the heads of these organizations.

We hope to see more official’s waving their hands, so people will come to their help.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.