‘Many civil ser­vants in Sabah mak­ing false claims’

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA KINABALU: There is a high num­ber of cases of civil ser­vants mak­ing false claims in the state.

State Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) di­rec­tor Datuk Sazali Sabli said yes­ter­day, as of this month, the com­mis­sion had iden­ti­fied 67 cases, some of which are pend­ing charges in court.

“Those false pay­ment re­quests in­clude mileage or travel al­lowances, as well as the pur­chase of uni­forms.

“Some civil ser­vants claimed mileage for out­sta­tion work but they never went.

“It is the same for uni­forms, where they sub­mit­ted re­ceipts but had not pur­chased any clothes,” he said.

Sazali said the other com­mon false pay­ment claims were for con­trac­tor jobs.

He was speak­ing at Yayasan Sabah’s In­tegrity Aware­ness ses­sion here yes­ter­day.

Sazali said civil ser­vants should be­come whistle­blow­ers to help the com­mis­sion fight cor­rup­tion.

The gov­ern­ment has been of­fer­ing ring­git-for-ring­git in­cen­tives for civil ser­vants pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on cor­rup­tion cases.

Those who lodge re­ports will be pro­tected un­der the Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Act and Whistle­blower Pro­tec­tion Act.

Yayasan Sabah di­rec­tor Datuk Sa­pawi Ah­mad said the foun­da­tion would con­duct in­ter­nal au­dits to im­prove the qual­ity of the man­age­ment sys­tem.

PIC BY ED­MUND SAMUNTING

Sabah Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion di­rec­tor Datuk Sazali Sabli (sec­ond from right) and Yayasan Sabah di­rec­tor Datuk Sa­pawi Ah­mad (third from right) with In­tegrity Aware­ness ses­sion par­tic­i­pants in Kota Kinabalu yes­ter­day.

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