KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat was told that a total of 2,287 investigation papers have been opened against civil servants to probe complaints of corruption, abuse of power and misappropriation between 2016 until September 2020.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the government was committed in its effort to combat corruption, improve integrity, and to practise good governance.
"On this matter, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as the main agency to fight corruption is responsible to help ministries and government agencies, especially in examining working systems and procedures to ensure all opportunities and space to be involved in corruption can be stopped," he said in reply to a question from Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PH-Kapar).
Abdullah Sani had asked the government to state the latest statistics of corruption offences among civil servants and steps taken to curb the problem.
Takiyuddin said various anti-corruption initiatives have been taken by the government to combat corruption.
"For instance, each government agency must have the right tools such as the Corruption Risk Management (CRM) and the Anti-Bribery Management System in an effort to stop corruption," he added.
He noted that a total of 139 government agencies have conducted engagement with MACC to implement CRM, while a total of 40 government agencies have done the same to implement the Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP).
He said the government also had taken the initiative to include anti-corruption elements in the academic system or within the formal education at public higher learning institutions.
"The matter is inline with initiative 2.4.7 of the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP), which is to introduce a compulsory university course at the undergraduate level that emphasises the aspect of human relations and its implications to the environment to its surrounding," he said.
To the additional question whether the government would expand the scope of monitoring among the top government leadership level, Takiyuddin said under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, it is clear that any individuals or parties, whether alone or with via a group of people, commits any corruption offences, as stated under Section 16, has committed corruption.
"No matter if they are a public member, or government officers, or top political leaders," he said.
He also pointed to another amendment under Section 17A of the MACC Act 2009 that stipulates a corporate liability principle where a commercial organisation can be considered guilty if any of its employees and associates commit corruption for the benefit of the organisation.
"That is how serious we are to fight corruption including those among politicians," he said.
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