‘More whistleblowers are coming forward’

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 21 Sep 2017

Touching base: Tunku Ismail (in black jersey) talking to Dzulkifli after a friendly football match between the Southern Tigers and the MACC.

JOHOR BARU: The number of whistleblowers providing information or reports of corruption has increased significantly over the years, said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said this was a good sign, adding that it showed that more Malaysians were aware and well informed on the battle against corruption.

“Whistleblowers or informers can lodge reports directly at the nearest MACC office and they can remain anonymous by not revealing their identity,” he told reporters after the Kembara Jelajah Anti-Rasuah Konvoi 2017 here yesterday.

The MACC, he said, cannot open investigation papers if it did not receive any report.

Dzulkifli said with only 2,100 officers, it was not an easy task for MACC to monitor some 1.6 million civil servants in the country.

“On top of this, we also have to look at staff of government-linked companies and those in the private sector,” he said.

The commission, he said, could not work alone in its war against corruption and needed continuous and undivided support from Malaysians.

“We know that many people are unhappy with us for doing our job but we remain committed and will not give up easily,” said Dzulkifli.

The MACC also held a special friendly match against the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) football club.

The match was held at the Southern Tigers’ state-of-the-art Dato Suleiman Mohd Noor Indoor Training Centre at Padang Sri Gelam here on Tuesday night.

It pitted JDT owner Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim’s selection against the anti-graft body, which was led by Dzulkifli.

Tunku Ismail, who is also the Football Association of Malaysia president, has constantly voiced out against corruption in football over the last few years.

JDT is also among the first few football clubs in Malaysia to sign the corruption-free pledge with the MACC earlier this year.

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