KUCHING: The courts have slapped more than RM410,000 in fines on 35 individuals found guilty of corruption in Sarawak this year.
In addition to that, the state branch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested 65 people to date.
Without going into detail, Sarawak MACC director Datuk Badrul Shah Norman told reporters that 16 of the 65 individuals were civil servants.
“Three can be categorised as from the management and professional group, and 13 are assistant staff,” Shah said during a media gathering here on Monday.
Thirty members of the public have also been arrested along with 19 individuals from private companies.
The number of MACC arrests has risen every year since 2013 when just 45 were apprehended, of which there were 15 civil servants.
Shah said 59 arrests were made in 2014, with civil servants making up 10 of the total number.
“Throughout this year, Sarawak MACC has been actively engaging with the public. We have held anti-corruption programmes for politicians in April and October. We have engaged with community leaders, rural grassroots chiefs and other target segments. Sarawak MACC has also carried out 326 talks at various public departments and agencies,” he said.
Shah added that the Sarawak Timber Association had also been given “explanation sessions related to integrity and anti-bribery messages in April”.
Ops Gergaji, targeted at illegal loggers was launched the month after, he said.