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Some of the participants cycling at a leisurely pace on the overhead bridge at Simpang Kuala.

KEDAHANS had the chance to get friendly with Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) personnel when the state MACC marked its 52nd anniversary with a bicycle fun ride.

About 100 cyclists took part in the inaugural Anti-Corruption Fun Ride event on Saturday morning.

State MACC director Datuk Shaharom Nizam Abd Manap said the cyclists included the public and personnel from 12 government agencies in the state.

“The objectives were to get closer to society, deliver anti-corruption messages and strengthen MACC’s relationship with the people.

“MACC is not an unfriendly agency. We hope the public will not hesitate to channel information related to corruption to the commission.

“This event is for members of society to get to know more about the MACC and the scope of our duties.

“They need not worry about having close relations with MACC as the identities of whistleblowers are always protected.

Shaharom Nizam (centre) distributing anti-corruption pamphlets to a trader at the Simpang Kuala market.Shaharom Nizam (centre) distributing anti-corruption pamphlets to a trader at the Simpang Kuala market.

“Combating corruption is not solely on the shoulders of MACC but also the responsibility of all parties,” said Shaharom Nizam before flagging off the event.

Shaharom Nizam was accompanied by state youth and sports committee chairman Mohd Asmirul Anuar Aris, state Election Commission director Zuhri Hamid and Sungai Petani Municipal Council president Mohamad Fauzi Mustafa.

The four of them also took part in the 12km fun ride, starting from the entrance of the Kedah MACC headquarters to the Simpang Kuala market and then back to the starting point.

The fun ride event was held in collaboration with Angkatan Mahasiswa Anti Rasuah (AMAR) of Universiti Utara Malaysia and Institut Perguruan Darul Aman.

Shaharom Nizam (centre, raising the MACC flag) and Mohd Asmirul  (hoisting the Jalur Gemilang) posing with the 100 cyclists from 12        government agencies before the flag-off of the Anti-Corruption Fun Ride 2019 outside the Kedah MACC headquarters in Jalan Sultan Badlishah, Alor Setar, Kedah.Shaharom Nizam (centre, raising the MACC flag) and Mohd Asmirul (hoisting the Jalur Gemilang) posing with the 100 cyclists from 12 government agencies before the flag-off of the Anti-Corruption Fun Ride 2019 outside the Kedah MACC headquarters in Jalan Sultan Badlishah, Alor Setar, Kedah.

Mohd Asmirul said the organising of such events would strengthen the relationship between the state government and various departments at the state and federal levels.

At the fun ride’s pit stop at the Simpang Kuala market, exhibition booths were set up by theMACC, Prisons Department, National Anti-Drug Agency and AMAR for the public to seek information.

A mobile van of the Road Transport Department allowed motorists to check their traffic offences and another by Election Commission offered voter registration services and polling area checks.

Alor Setar Prison officer Larry John (left) briefing (from right) Shaharom Nizam, Zuhri Hamid and Mohd Asmirul on the inmates’ uniform during their visit to the Kedah Prison Department exhibition booth.Alor Setar Prison officer Larry John (left) briefing (from right) Shaharom Nizam, Zuhri Hamid and Mohd Asmirul on the inmates’ uniform during their visit to the Kedah Prison Department exhibition booth.

MACC’s anniversary falls on Oct 1 and the state body had earlier organised a walkabout at the Kota Sarang Semut market to meet villagers.

On Oct 3, a programme named ‘MACC at Samudera’ was held at Pulau Payar, Langkawi, to foster cooperation with fishermen to fight corruption and other crimes at sea.

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