Report power abuse, MACC tells civil servants

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has reminded civil servants yet again not to view issues of abuse of power and integrity lightly and be responsible citizens by reporting the matter to them.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki (pic) said civil servants play an important role as whistleblowers to check power abuse in order to protect the integrity and transparency of the public sector.

“Civil servants should give attention to this because efforts to clean up the negative culture in the public sector must be done internally.

“The MACC urges public servants to open their eyes and ears, and alert the commission of any wrongdoings in their departments because they are the ones who know what is going on there, ” he said yesterday.

Azam said the Whistleblower Protection Act was in place to protect informants, including against unjust actions by superiors against them, and gave an assurance that MACC would investigate all complaints.“The message by Public Service director-general Tan Sri Khairul Adib Abd Rahman that civil servants should be mindful of their colleagues to prevent corruption reflects the seriousness and commitment of the civil service in putting a stop to power abuse and corruption.“It is not a secret that there are officers and staff of the public sector who have integrity issues.

“It is time civil servants work with the MACC to put a stop to corruption in government departments and agencies, ” said Azam.

Khairul Adib, in his message to civil servants on Wednesday, said they should no longer adopt the “mind your business attitude” but should be mindful of other colleagues, as not doing anything about their corrupt act would be detrimental to the country.

He said the corrupt act committed by a handful of civil servants would smear the image of the majority.Khairul Adib added that the civil servants should not be afraid or wait for any reward before exposing or lodging a report on misconduct committed by their colleagues or other civil servants.

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