‘Many civil servants in Sabah making false claims’
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.
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.