PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is taking an individual to court to be charged under the Whistleblower Protection Act.
The MACC said the individual, who holds a senior position in a company, will be charged under Section 10(3)(b) of the Act on Friday (Sept 18).
"We have been given the permission from the Attorney General's Chambers to charge this individual at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions court tomorrow.
“This will be the first time that a person will be charged under the said section since the Act was enforced in 2010," said the MACC on Thursday (Sept 17).
According to Section 10(3)(b), a person is deemed to take detrimental action against a whistleblower if the person incites or permits another person to take or threaten to take the detrimental action.
The accused is said to have caused an employee of the same company to have been sacked for informing the MACC over the former's wrongdoings.
"The commission is deeply concerned and is aware of the problems and difficulties that whistleblowers have to face for exposing corruption.
"There are existing laws that not just encourage one to expose wrongdoings but also protect whistleblowers," said the MACC.
The Commission also assured the public that it would investigate and act against those who take severe action against whistleblowers.
"We hope that taking action against the suspect in this case will send a message to the public to not be afraid to work with enforcement bodies to fight corruption and power abuse.
"The MACC also hopes this serves as a lesson to those who want to take action against informers who report their wrongdoings," said the commission.