RE­PORT GRAFT CASES, MACC URGES FIRMS

Do not fear, even if those of­fer­ing bribes are public ser­vants, says Dzulk­i­fli

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HASHINI KAVISHTRI KAN­NAN PU­TRA­JAYA hashini@nst.com.my

THE Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) urged more com­pa­nies to come forward and re­port cases of cor­rup­tion.

Chief com­mis­sioner Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad said the com­pa­nies need not be afraid even if those of­fer­ing bribes were of­fi­cers in the public ser­vice.

“Re­cently many peo­ple have come forward to lodge re­ports but there aren’t many com­pa­nies do­ing so,” he said dur­ing the launch of the “Anti-Cor­rup­tion Rev­o­lu­tion Move­ment” (Gerah) cam­paign at the MACC head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

Dzulk­i­fli noted that some com­pa­nies could also be­come vic­tims of cor­rup­tion.

“There­fore, they need to play an im­por­tant role by re­port­ing it to the au­thor­i­ties as fight­ing cor­rup­tion is not only the re­spon­si­bil­ity of MACC, but also the com­mu­nity,” he said.

The Gerah cam­paign is aimed at chang­ing the mind­set of so­ci­ety that cor­rup­tion is the coun­try’s num­ber one en­emy.

“This is a so­cial rev­o­lu­tion to change the mind­set, at­ti­tude and public per­cep­tion on cor­rup­tion.

“We not only want the peo­ple to be dis­gusted with cor­rup­tion but also be brave to say no to bribes. So­ci­ety hates cor­rup­tion but has no willpower to say no to it.

“Peo­ple still ac­cept or of­fer bribes when forced to,” he said, adding that the com­mis­sion within the next three years hoped to cre­ate a so­ci­ety which would read­ily re­ject cor­rup­tion and abuse of power.

As part of the cam­paign, 2,000 MACC of­fi­cers will meet the public and cre­ate aware­ness of cor­rup­tion on the first Mon­day of ev­ery month.

This ef­fort, Dzulk­i­fli said, would por­tray the com­mis­sion as a fam­ily mem­ber to help com­bat cor­rup­tion.

“We hope to reach out to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. Cur­rently, we are tar­get­ing 20,000 Malaysians ev­ery month.”

Dzulk­i­fli also launched the “Jan­gan Hu­lur, Jan­gan Kaw­tim, Jan­gan Set­tle” or the 3J cam­paign.

He hoped to work with the me­dia as part­ners to cre­ate greater aware­ness among the peo­ple.

PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

MACC chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad (front row, fourth from left) with his of­fi­cers dur­ing the launch of the Gerah cam­paign in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

BERNAMA PIC

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi and Malaysian del­e­gates meet­ing Aus­tralian Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton (sec­ond from left) and his of­fi­cials in Can­berra yes­ter­day.

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