Only about 0.01% of the 1.6 millon civil servants in the country are brave enough to report corrupt practices involving their departments or agencies, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has said.

Bernama quoted MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil saying that according to data, only 343 civil servants blew the whistle on corrupt practices between 2012 and last year.

"Civil servants have to understand that it is an offence for them to accept bribes, and they should report if they are made an offer.

"By doing so, they can prevent individuals from requesting favours and privileges, like getting approvals for applications without going through proper regulations and procedures," he said.

"We want this to be a culture among civil servants – to lodge reports on any corrupt practices – as this will eliminate the civil service of corruption and power abuse," he reportedly told Bernama.

The lack of reporting is despite the various incentives provided to whistleblowers, Shamsun added.

A letter issued by the chief secretary's office in 2011 stated that civil servants who lodged reports would receive incentives in the same amount as the bribes offered. About RM600,000 have been disbursed to the 343 whistleblowers thus far.

Those who are aware of corruption but fail to report it can be fined up to RM100,000 or jailed 10 years, or both, upon conviction, Shamsun warned, further assuring that people who give information on corruption will be protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 and the Witness Protection Act 2009.

Source: Bernama
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