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Dubai gov’t corruption ‘Public Enemy No. 1’ – police chief

EXCLUSIVE: Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan says offenders should be given life bans from public office.

Dubai gov’t corruption ‘Public Enemy No. 1’ – police chief
FIRM WORDS: Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim says that financial criminals should be given lifelong bans from public office. (ITP IMAGES)

Dubai’s police chief has declared that those who steal government funds are ‘Public Enemy Number One’ in the eyes of the law.

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim also said that offenders should be given lifelong bans from public office.

“Those who embezzle government money are the ones we want most,” he told Arabian Business in an interview.

“Financial and white-collar corruption is corruption, be it mismanagement or negligence or embezzlement, and it should be punished,” he continued. “Offenders should be punished here and resignations are not enough; they should be given lifelong bans from holding public office.

“People caught mismanaging government resources one day should not later appear as a reformer in another government position,” he said, adding: “There may still be some figures who do not qualify to be in their current positions.”

Dubai began an investigation in 2008 into corruption at real estate and other state companies, which benefited from economic expansion fuelled by real estate demand after foreigners were allowed to buy property for the first time.

In May, Omar bin Sulaiman, the former governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre, was released from prison after he returned AED51.5m ($14m). Bin Sulaiman, who was dismissed by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in November and arrested in March, is the highest-ranking official so far to be caught up in the anti-corruption drive.

The full interview with Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim will be published in the June 27 issue of Arabian Business magazine.

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Dr. M. Abdulrahman 10 years ago

I agree with Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim's offenders "should be given lifelong bans from holding public office" statement. It is a big problem in the developing countries where offenders reappear in another position sometimes even more important government position.

Scarlett 10 years ago

We do appreciate the acknowledgement of Corruption as Public Enemy No. 1. A greater Evil is immorality. As Dubai transcend to highly developed, urbanized and cosmopolitan place, immoral conduct was also present. Immorality eroded values that make Dubai a unique place in GCC. Immorality means the day to day office bullying, sexual harassment, politicking and undermining the chain of command in private companies. As a consequence, it impact on productivity, low work esteem, and translate into higher cost that investor must borne. Thank you, Scarlett

Danny C 10 years ago

Good job! Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim. Let us prove to the world that corrupt people has no more room in Dubai. The offenders has no exception whether local or foreigner, must be punished and put to jail.