ACA to probe councils, Land and Mines Dept


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2003

IPOH: The Anti-Corruption Agency will carry out a thorough inspection on the policy system and work procedures of all local councils and Land and Mines Department offices nationwide soon. 

ACA director (preventive division) Sutinah Sutan said the exercise followed rising public complaints and allegations of misappropriation and abuse of power by officers at the department and local councils. 

She said inspections and a study conducted by the ACA last year revealed many loopholes in the policy system and work procedures at the two agencies, which could lead to corrupt practices among officers. 

She said the ACA would recommend certain amendments to the policy system or work procedures of the agencies after carrying out its three-month inspection.  

 

“Our aim is to rectify the weaknesses to minimise corruption and make it easy to detect,” she said after witnessing the handing over of duties by former director Abu Kasim Mohamed to new Perak ACA director Zainol Abdullah.  

 

Zainol, was the former Pahang ACA director while Abu Kassim has been transferred to Penang as the state ACA director. 

 

Sutinah said all officers from the land department and local councils would be interviewed while records and documents on policy systems and work procedures would be studied in detail. 

“Any evidence of corruption committed by officers would be forwarded to our investigation unit for further action,” she said. 

On another matter, Sutinah said the integrity level among civil servants in Perak had improved based on the drop in the number of government officers arrested for accepting bribes last year. 

She said of the 54 people arrested by the ACA Perak last year only 10 were civil servants while the remaining 44 were civilians. 

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