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Civil servants who report bribery, power abuse will be rewarded

14th February, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Civil servants who come upfront and report acts of bribery and power abuse to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would not only help battle corruption but will also subsequently receive rewards and recognition, said State MACC director Datuk Sazali Salbi.

According to him, a Guideline on Recognition to Civil Servants Who Reported Bribery or Receipt of Corruption had been issued by the Cabinet since 2011 which outlined that any civil servant who reported case of bribery that is convicted in court would be given recognition and dollar to dollar reward.

However, he said, most civil servants are still unaware of it.

“As of Dec 2017, only 214 civil servants throughout Malaysia have reported. In Sabah, since 2011, there are only 24 who had come forward and most of them were police, maritime or immigration (officers),” he said.

He added that MACC had disseminated the information and assured that they will intensify the efforts to call for more public servants to come up front and report their cases.

“Sometimes, as humans, people will see it as troublesome because they will have to go to court and provide statements to MACC for hours, but we need cooperation.

“Without civil servants who come forward, we would not be able to get our hands on cases that involve those who offer bribes,” stressed Sazali.

He explained that the minimum reward as stated in the guideline was RM500 regardless of the amount of bribery offered to the civil servant.

In the case where the amount of bribery is higher than RM500, he stated that the reward will be given on a dollar to dollar basis.

“To date, the highest reward in Sabah is RM2,000 but last year, a police officer had lodged a report (of bribery) involving RM25,000 so we will grant the reward this year,” he said.

The case, he revealed, involved a boat tekong who offered RM25,000 to the General Operations Force officer in order to smuggle gas tanks in Semporna.

Sazali noted that the corruption cases in Sabah are still manageable in spite of the small number of individuals who still engage in bribery and power abuse from time to time.

He stated that it was the hope of the MACC Chief Commissioner to attain zero corruption among civil servants by 2020 and assured that the cases in the State are still under control compared to others.

“However, when we get (heavy) cases, we highlight them so that the public are aware of the existence of MACC and the existence of corruption but overall, it is still manageable and we hope the society will continue giving their support to eradicate corruption,” said Sazali.

He was speaking to reporters after launching the Gerah Programme and Gempur Campaign at Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) building yesterday.

The Gempur (Gerakan Memerangi Pemberi Rasuah) Campaign – a rebranding of the ‘Perangi Pemberi Rasuah’ campaign in 2010 – was simultaneously launched across the nation yesterday which focused on raising the awareness of civil servants to report cases of corruption to MACC.

It commenced in Local Authorities (PBTs) throughout the country with hopes that more civil servants will come forward to report cases of people offering bribes to them.

“This morning we conducted an advisory session where we looked into matters related to licensing processes and enforcement on karaoke and massage centres in Kota Kinabalu; we examined its system and work procedures to see if there are any weaknesses that can be improved.

“From then on, we have suggested three matters that DBKK needs to take action to and most of them are ongoing and waiting for results as they involved other agencies as well,” said Sazali.

Also present were MACC Sabah deputy director Zulkefle Abd Hamid and DBKK director-general Datuk Joannes Solidau. –By DK Ryni Qareena

   
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