MACC investigations on civil servants welcomed, but transparency paramount, says Penang CM

GEORGE TOWN: Penang welcomes investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on civil servants, but urges transparency on the probe, says Chow Kon Yeow.

The Chief Minister said the investigations were in line with the CAT principles of good governance, competency, accountability and transparency practised since 2008.

"No one is above the law, and civil servants and agencies found to be involved in accepting bribes, abuse of power and making false claims must be investigated and charged as soon as possible," said Chow in a statement on Friday (Sept 30).

"However, we urge transparency from MACC as we do not want the image of the state's civil servants and the government to be tarnished by account of the number of complaints received since 2019.

Chow's statement was in response to MACC's chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki's interview on Penang RTM's Mutiara FM radio programme 'Cakna Rasuah' on Thursday (Sept 29), where he said accepting bribes, abuse of power and making false claims among civil servants in Penang was worrying.

He said based on statistics, the MACC had received a total of 919 complaints on the transgressions from 2019 until now.

Chow added the state was ready to work with MACC to ensure that officers involved in corrupt practices be dealt with severely.

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