MELAKA, May 28 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)
has urged the people against politicising corruption by going to the media or
blogs with their allegations before lodging reports with the MACC as the next
general election draws near.
MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed said today that going
by experience, the MACC would get many reports of corruption when the election
season sets in.
Many of these reports and information would be politically motivated, he
told reporters after delivering a talk on integrity in the service in
conjunction with the 750th anniversary of Melaka''s founding, here.
Abu Kassim said a characteristic of politicising corruption was the act of
going to the media or blogs first and then lodging a report with the MACC.
"This makes it difficult for us to gather evidence. Once the allegations are
highlighted (in the media), the crucial witnesses and evidence would go missing
before the MACC begins its probe," he said.
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Abu Kassim also said that public servants were more aware of corruption now,
and attributed this to the rise in the number of arrests of bribe givers over
the last two years.
He said many public servants had come forward to lodge reports against
individuals who wanted to bribe them.
"Countries see their efforts (against corruption) achieving results when
there is a rise in the number of government officers acting against those
offering bribes," he added.
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