MACC out to get rid of touts and middlemen

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  • Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015

SHAH ALAM: Companies and individuals who engage touts when dealing with agencies like Puspakom may land in trouble soon.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali said companies must not compromise on their integrity by using the touts.

“They cannot make middlemen their conduits to pay bribes, kickbacks and whatever other malpractices. We will act against them,” he told reporters after signing the Corporate Integrity Pledge with Puspakom chief executive officer Mohammed Shukor Ismail at the Puspakom premises here yesterday.

He said the eradication of touts and middlemen would be one of the MACC’s focus areas for this year.

“We are going to focus on the issue of middlemen and we are talking about people who talk as if they are the ones handling everything for the other party,” he said.

The signing was witnessed by MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and DRB-Hicom group managing director Tan Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil.

The signing of the Corporate Integrity Pledge is a follow-up to a memorandum of understanding signed on Jan 10, 2011, which also saw the setting-up of the Puspakom-MACC Integrity Technical Committee.

Mustafar said the errant companies could be blacklisted through collaboration with the Companies Commission of Malaysia or Bursa Malaysia.

He said individuals who managed or owned public transportation vehicles must also not cut corners and use middlemen and touts to do their business.

He said the Puspakom centre had machinery and automation to make things easy for them and they should refrain from cutting corners, especially if it compromised on the safety of vehicles.

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