KANGAR: The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) is expanding its scope of responsibilities by monitoring allegations of power abuse and corruption posted on the Internet, said its analysis division director Mustafar Ali.
This comes in the wake of numerous allegations made online against various quarters, including top government officials. Mustafar said the agency would monitor online allegations of abuse of power, bribery, and misappropriation of funds as part of its duties.
“Detailed investigations will be conducted and if there is sufficient evidence, the agency can open a file to prosecute suspects,” he said after a ceremony to mark the handing over of duties to the new state ACA director Azizah Ahmad Rosdi, 51, who replaces Che Ismail Taib who retired last month.
On the truth of corruption claims made online, Mustafar said detailed investigations would be conducted as those with evidence would normally lodge reports directly to the ACA.
“There are also legal clauses in the Anti Corruption Act 1997, which bar people from divulging information to third parties, other than the agency,” he added, advising people with evidence or complaints on corruption to contact the ACA via its 24-hour national hotline.
Mustafar also said the ACA would help government agencies and departments to ensure high working ethics among their staff with the aim of wiping out the bribery menace.
Earlier, Azizah who officially assumed her duties on New Year’s Day, said the state ACA would look into the bribery scourge at border crossing areas.
“One example is the recent report about luxury vehicles being smuggled into the country through Padang Besar.
“We need to ascertain if corruption is involved,” she added.
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