ACA to focus on govt depts and agencies


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2003

SEREMBAN: The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) will focus their resources this year on government departments and agencies that deal with the public to ensure they are free from corrupt practices, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said.  

He said more often than not, government agencies prone to corrupt practices were those dealing with the public such as those involved in issuing licences or approvals. 

He added the ACA would keep close tabs on work procedures of the departments and agencies to ensure there were no loopholes for bribery by unscrupulous staff. 

“Should we detect a discrepancy within the system, we will work together with Mampu to rectify and improve the procedures. 

“Last year, the ACA acted against 177 civil servants from all categories including enforcement, administration and support staff,” he said after attending a closed-door meeting with director-general Datuk Zulkipli Mat Noor and state ACA directors at the Hilton Hotel here yesterday. 

The meeting also delved into future planning, programmes and activities to improve the ACA’s efforts to address corruption.  

Samsudin said such measures were a continuous effort by the Government to upgrade the integrity and quality of the civil service.  

Samsudin also said the ACA was prepared to reveal the outcome of “high-profile” cases when investigations had completed. 

He said where investigations were still pending, it was not proper to reveal any information as it could affect the case and its credibility.  

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