PETALING JAYA: The public must embrace the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as a “part of their family” in order to eradicate corruption at all levels of society, said its chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad.
He said one of his main objectives since taking over last August was to forge a closer bond between the anti-graft body and Malaysians, to the point that it becomes a family member they would willingly assist.
“Let’s say in one family, there are several members who work for MACC. If there’s an incident where someone asks for a bribe, certainly this family will have the courage to step up and help each other out.
“This is the attitude we want to create with all Malaysians, so that they will be brave enough to say ‘No’ because this is their family,” he said in an exclusive interview following the launch of the “Jangan Hulur, Jangan Kawtim, Jangan Settle” 3J campaign in partnership with Star Media Group Berhad on Monday.
Dzulkifli urged all Malaysians, including the business community, not to be afraid to report corruption as they could count on the MACC to back them.
“You must be brave to stand up against corruption because we want to assure you that MACC is behind you, and will support you.
“This includes the business community. If they see corruption happening, they must say ‘No’. At the same time, approach the MACC so that we can take the appropriate action,” he said.
Dzulkifli acknowledged that the issue of perception continued to be a concern following the latest findings by Transparency International Malaysia, which revealed that most Malaysians lacked faith in the Government’s ability to tackle corruption.
However, he noted that confidence has slowly returned, especially after delivering on the promise he made earlier this year to make at least one arrest or investigation every week.
“We have scoured the entire strata of society - from the bottom all the way to the level of those with ‘Datuk’ and ‘Tan Sri’ titles, as well as politicians.
“This is as far as our operations are concerned. Now the second wave of it is the campaign - and we are asking the media to assist us so that people will eventually come to hate and reject corruption,” Dzulkifli said.
Asked how the MACC had gained new-found strength in chasing after corrupt individuals, Dzulkifli chalked it up to a change in culture.
“Now we are a very united organisation. We have one vision, and everyone is very excited giving their best to this effort of eradicating corruption,” he added.
The 3J campaign is one of the agency’s initiatives under the newly-launched Gerakan Revolusi Anti-Rasuah (Gerah) to spur a united and concerted effort in battling corruption.
With the help of The Star, the country’s leading English daily, the month-long campaign will seek to educate the younger generation on values like integrity.