Closing one eye not good enough
The MACC may begin penalising civil servants who fail to report incidences of graft, whether involving themselves or their colleagues. This, says the MACC, is to keep corruption out of the public delivery system, which has been bogged down by apathy towar
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GEORGE TOWN: A “total revamp” of Penang Zakat may be on the cards in the wake of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations into alleged misappropriation of funds and criminal breach of trust by its officers.
State Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said, however, that this was “still too early” to be determined.
“We do not want to jump the gun, but it is a possibility.
“Necessary actions, internal audits or disciplinary actions will be taken depending on the severity of the case.
“We will wait for the outcome of the MACC investigations before deciding,” he said in Komtar yesterday.
As investigations continue, MACC is looking for more contractors to put the pieces of the case together.
Sources told the New Straits Times that a number of contractors had been summoned to the MACC office here for their statements to be recorded.
“These contractors worked with the officers who had been detained by MACC recently.
“They are not directly involved with the case, but they have worked together and played a small part in the projects between Penang Zakat and the contractors detained.
“So, their statements will be taken to facilitate investigations,” said one source.
To date, four Penang Zakat officials, including its chief executive officer, aged between 30 and 50, have been detained.
Eight contractors, aged between 41 and 52, were also arrested.
The 12 have been remanded until tomorrow, and the case is being investigated under sections 17(a), 17(b) and 23 of the MACC Act 2009.
Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim speaking at a press conference in George Town yesterday.