Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Increase in the number of complaints: MACC

BINTULU: Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), now known as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, (MACC) had shown an increase in the number of complaints last year compared to the previous year.

In 2008, there were a total of 104 complaints, an increase of 21 compared to 2007.

Two government servants in this division had been arrested under the ACA Act 1987. This was revealed by the director of the state MACC, Samsiah Abu Bakar during a media conference after the handover of duty by the assistant director who is also the head of MACC Bintulu branch, Senior Supt Mohamed Husin to senior supt Zulhairy Zaidel at the MACC conference room here yesterday.

Samsiah said the increase in the number of complaints received was due to the awareness and cooperation given by the public who had come forward to provide the commission with information related to corruption.

She admitted that there were some in the public who were afraid of the ACA, but with the new name MACC, such fear would be discarded.

She also hoped more would come forward to provide information should they come across any corrupt practice taking place.

However, MACC will not entertain false information aimed at tarnishing or defaming others.
“We will take the information and investigate it thoroughly with fairness,” said Samsiah.

Meanwhile, she said an Indonesian man in his 40s was arrested here on Jan 1 this year and charged under the MACC Act 2009. He had admitted to corrupt practice in court.

“The man was sentenced to 19 days in prison and fined RM10,000 or five months’ jail,” she said, adding that MACC will act accordingly not only against receivers of bribes but the givers as well.

She also admitted that the cooperation rendered by the police to MACC had somehow enlightened the investigations.

Samsiah also announced that MACC Bintulu branch will soon be having its own complex equipped with an office and quarters to be located along Tanjung Kidurong Road.

The project which cost RM60 million had been approved by the government under the 9MP and work on it is expected to start in 2011 or 2012.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Husin said the Bintulu branch was established in 2004 with a staff of 14 officers.

Zuhairy who is taking over duty from Mohamed hoped that all government heads of departments at state and federal levels would give their full cooperation in curbing corruption.

Mohamed who hails from Terengganu will head a MACC Unit in Kuching while Zuhairy who hails from Negri Sembilan will be the MACC Bintulu branch head.

Assistant director of the state MACC, Mohamad Nor Ali and MACC Miri branch head Ibrahim Ali and senior officers were among those present.

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