SHAH ALAM – The corruption trend among civil servants for the past five years until June is very worrying, said the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Latheefa Koya.
Based on the details obtained by the MACC, a total of 46.3 percent from the 4,860 individuals arrested over corruption since 2014 are civil servants.
According to her, most of them involved individuals in the procurement sector.
“It is even more worrying when 53.4 percent from the 4,860 individuals are aged 40 years and below.
“A study on the phenomenon also found that 22.1 percent from the individuals said that they were willing to accept briberies if they are in the power or position to do so.
“This is something we must correct so we can abolish corruption among the civil service,” she said in conjunction with the Corruption-Free Pledge with the Menteri Besar of Selangor today.
Meanwhile, Latheefa said that Selangor is the first state to sign the corruption-free-pledge after she leads the MACC last June.
She said, she does not have the statistics of the states that have signed the pledge but she said that many states have yet to declare their assets.
Nevertheless, she said, it is not her responsibility to force the states to do that. At the same time, she also urged the state governments to follow what the federal government has done.
For instance, she quoted that as of today, 25 ministries have signed the corruption-free pledge, followed by the departments in Federal Territories (646), state government departments (281), statutory bodies (214), higher learning institutions and education institutions (51), GLCs (109), private companies (65), NGOs and associations (54) and foundations (8).
Meanwhile in Selangor, 44 government departments, private companies (2), GLCs (3) and NGOs and associations (2) have signed the pledge.
Latheefa also shared that the MACC have received the corruption-free pledge documents signed the Members of Parliament. However, she does not have the exact figure on the number of Members of Parliament from the opposition and the government who signed the pledge.
“As this moment, we have received all documents on the corruption-free pledge from the Members of Parliament. We are only unsure on how many of them are from the opposition and how many of them are from the government,” she said. -MalaysiaGazette