Latheefa: No more ‘teh tarik’

MACC chief wants civil ser­vants, of­fi­cers of GLCs to stop meet­ing out­side for ‘drinks’

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CYBERJAYA: Civil ser­vants and gov­ern­ment linked com­pa­nies (GLCs) in­volved in the is­suance of tenders should stop the cul­ture of ‘en­ter­tain­ment deal­ing’, drinking cof­fee or ‘ teh tarik’ with ten­der ap­pli­cants, said Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) chief com­mis­sioner Latheefa Koya.

She said cor­rupt prac­tice preven­tion mea­sures like not go­ing out for a drink with in­ter­ested par­ties were cru­cial in en­sur­ing the process of in­tegrity was alive and not merely a mantra.

She said in the ten­der ap­pli­ca­tion process, there were of­fi­cers who had a ten­dency to go out to meet po­ten­tial ten­der ap­pli­cants out­side the of­fice and out­side of of­fice hours for a drink and to con­duct deals.

“I don’t mean you can’t meet at all. If an of­fi­cer has the au­thor­ity to ap­prove li­cences or tenders and oth­ers, he should not meet with cer­tain peo­ple out­side (work­ing hours) and say it is merely for a drink,” she said.

Met a er tabling a pa­per ti­tled ‘Com­bat­ing Cor­rup­tion: Cor­po­rate Scan­dals and Its Chal­lenges’ at the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion (MCMC) In­tegrity Day cel­e­bra­tion here yes­ter­day, Latheefa said cor­rup­tion preven­tion mea­sures must be boosted although the ‘ no gi pol­icy’ had been im­ple­mented.

In her work­ing pa­per, Latheefa said 32 of the over 100 GLCs in the coun­try were cat­e­gorised as pos­ing high risk of cor­rup­tion.

“MACC se­nior of­fi­cers are sta­tioned at the 32 GLCs con­cerned while other of­fi­cers are sta­tioned at GLCs with low and mod­er­ate risks. They head

I don’t mean you can’t meet at all. If an of­fi­cer has the au­thor­ity to ap­prove li­cences or tenders and oth­ers, he should not meet with cer­tain peo­ple out­side (work­ing hours) and say it is merely for a drink.

Latheefa Koya

the In­tegrity and Gov­er­nance Units (IGU) at the GLCs,” he said.

In Oc­to­ber last year, Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad an­nounced that it was manda­tory for ev­ery GLC to set up the IGU in two years.

Mean­while, MCMC chair­man Al-Ish­sal Ishak, in his speech, said MCMC was ex­pected to launch the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­ti­cor­rup­tion plan by early 2020.

“It will in­volve nu­mer­ous pro­grammes and train­ing ses­sions for all staff so that the man­age­ment, poli­cies and pro­ce­dures pri­ori­tise in­tegrity and are anti-cor­rup­tion in na­ture,” he said.

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