MACC: Some 411 detained in Sabah for corruption

By BERNAMA

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained 411 individuals from both public and private sectors, as well as members of the public in Sabah for corruption offences since 2015.

Chief commissioner Latheefa Koya (picture) said during the same period, a total of 2,318 information were received by the Sabah MACC.

Latheefa added that the figure was alarming and prevention steps must be implemented in order to eradicate corruption and make Sabah clean from corruption.

She said this at the Sabah Government’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption programme in conjunction with the International Anti-Corruption Day celebration, which was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

In the meantime, Latheefa said in an effort to encourage civil servants to come forward to report instances of corruption to the MACC, the government has created a special mechanism to recognise their efforts via guidelines on giving rewards and recognition to civil servants who report corruption.

She said the effort would also further enhance the public sector image and the good perception that civil servants would not compromise on corruption.

On Oct 30, some 40 civil servants were given special recognition for successfully reporting corrupt practices to the MACC, she said.

She added that reward and letter of appreciation would be given to the individuals to recognise their efforts in reporting instances of corruption.

Latheefa also said the initiative is in line with a letter issued by the Office of the Chief Secretary to the Government in 2011, concerning guidelines on rewarding civil servants who report instances of corruption. — Bernama