Courtesy of TheStar Online
Tuesday July 27, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR: Corruption cases involving civil servants have declined, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief Datuk Zakaria Jaafar.
This was shown in the figures from 2007 to last year, he said at an anti-corruption drive launched by Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin yesterday.
Zakaria warned that the giving as well as the taking of bribes were both serious offences and they carried the same punishment.
In his speech, Raja Nong Chik said the campaign, themed We Hate Corruption, serves as a warning to the public that civil servants are not easily bribed and have high integrity.
“Almost 90% of bribe givers are those who had previously committed crime and had faced enforcement action for various offences, including smuggling, illegal logging and mining, distribution and misuse of drugs and human trafficking,” Raja Nong Chik said in his speech.
Raja Nong Chik also said that the campaign, jointly organised by the MACC and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), is one of the ways to increase the integrity and efficiency of the civil service, specifically among enforcement officers who largely deal with the public.
Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said DBKL started its own Integrity Unit in March 2008 to organise integrity strengthening programmes for its officers and staff.
To mark the event, 14 officers from DBKL, the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) as well as from the police, immigration and the fire and rescue departments received special MACC awards for integrity.
An anti-corruption exhibition is being held at the Menara DBKL lobby until July 30.