Arar - Jasser Al - Saqri
War continues against corruption
Researchers and specialists asserted that the Kingdom under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Royal Highness, Prince Muhammad bin Salman - may God preserve them - has no place for those who try to tamper with the capabilities of the nation. The statement released by Attorney General, Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Muajab on catching an executive officer in the Ministry of Defense receiving a bribe to facilitate irregular procedures for the payment of financial dues to a company reveals to everyone that all bodies, regardless of their position are under surveillance and accountability.
Capabilities of the Homeland
At the beginning, Political and Security Analyst, Fahd Dibaji said: "After the yesterday declaration and the statement of the Attorney General, Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Muajab, that after the relevant security authorities had received information from the Ministry of Defense regarding suspicious financial transactions of an executive officer, I've been certain that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, is determined to go on with its war against corruption and preserve the country's capabilities and achievements. The new Saudi Arabia has been able to remove the robe of idleness, silence and patience over the problems and entities it has been plagued by. It started facing its problems and providing solutions to them, which is sign for positive change, as recognition and response to the problem mean easy access to the solution."
He said that the announcement of this issue in particular, which was reported by many international, local and regional mass media, which took place in the Ministry of Defense, proves that no one is safe from prosecution. According to His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Defense, no one will survive any involvement in corruption cases, as the new Saudi Arabia moves in three parallel axes of reform, justice and development and they cannot be ignored. Corruption disrupts development and slows down the country's progress. Corruption is no less than terrorism. They are both destructive and corruption demolishes the economic structure; thus the corrupt should be punished.
He went on: "In fact, all betrayals from reality to conscience may be forgiven except the treason against the homeland, which is not forgiven, forgotten or accepted. History will spit in the faces of those traitors because of their malicious intentions, black history, despicable attempts and failed goals. From an early age, we've learnt to sacrifice our lives for the sake of the homeland, but we do not know how those traitors grew up and lived to sell their homeland for the sake of worldly matters, but they are just a small group who betrayed their king, their people and their homeland.
Political and Security Researcher, Khaled Al-Zaatari pointed out that the Kingdom is undergoing an economic transformation within the management of Vision 2030. As it is known, the economic reform begins where the political reform ends. Thus, the Kingdom has started to take steps on this path of reform, foremost of which is the royal step of establishing the Supreme Committee for Combating Corruption which does not exclude anyone whoever he is. This is one of the most important political reforms, which will have an impact on the success of the economic vision, especially that combating corruption and calling the corrupt to account are two of the most important elements of the success of the Saudi vision on the economic transformation. Thanks to the Vision 2030, the Kingdom is moving forward to the free market economy and encouraging investments, which are deemed the mainstay of the Kingdom's post-oil economy. Therefore, combating corruption radically and retroactively is the true way and guarantee to ensure a successful transformation to safe economy.
Al-Zaatari said that the announcement of arresting an executive officer at the Ministry of Defense on corruption charge reflects a strong political will to root out corruption. It also reflects a strong reform will by Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman to work on reforming the Ministry of Defense. This mission has been assigned for Prince Mohammed bin Salman since the reign of King Abdullah, to rearrange the Ministry of Defense Therefore, this announcement of involvement in corruption cases in one of the most important sovereign bodies is a message that confirms the determination of Prince Mohammed bin Salman to work on developing and reforming the Ministry of Defense to make the military defense system keep pace with the economic transformation, because this reform will contribute to achieving the Kingdom's Vision by working on the settlement of the military industry and maintaining the military status of the Kingdom which has worked to form large military alliances against the chaotic projects and terrorism.
Heads of Corruption
Al-Zaatari asserted that the success achieved by the Kingdom in the era of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, in the fight against corruption and deterring anyone who ever thinks of abusing the public money or power (whoever he is) is primarily due to the anti-corruption campaign that did not start from the bottom, but from the top by eradicating the heads of corruption. In my estimation, this is one of the main reasons behind the Kingdom's unprecedented success and rapid steps on the path of fighting against corruption. Perhaps the announcement of arresting princes and ministers, which is an unprecedented step, only a few minutes after the establishment the Supreme Committee for Combating Corruption chaired by the Crown Prince, reveals strong political will, persistence and determination to fight corruption, in any body whatsoever, and whatever the position is.
Al-Zaatari made clear that returning to the announcement of this issue, even in a sovereign ministry, which sends many messages that no is one above the law, of course no one is above the law, shows that the announcement of corruption issues is one of the reforms achieved by the Saudi Vision 2030, which is enhancing transparency in dealing with corruption cases and announcement of those who are involved in these cases, regardless of their position or status. Thus, we find that transparency in whatever is related to the corruption cases is a message that the leadership is determined to continue to confront corruption, root it out and preserve the public money. Moreover, this transparency in announcing the corruption cases has boosted the citizen's confidence in the anti-corruption campaign, especially after the great success achieved in the first stage. Al-Zaatari stressed that there is nothing higher than the transparency of the Kingdom in the era of determination and firmness, and here are the bodies of the State uncover cases of corruption occurred in a sovereign ministry, sending the most important message that no one is above the law, and eradicate anyone who abuses his personal interests and illegal gain regardless of his position or status.