Call to report acts of graft to commission

(Seated, from left) Jutim and Yong, together with SMC staffers and MACC officers, at the launch of Gempur yesterday.

SIBU: Civil servants and members of the public who witness acts of corruption should notify the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for action to be taken.

MACC Sibu head Jutim Nyagam said the reporting of corrupt acts is necessary to curtail such cases from taking place.

“I hope members of the public and civil servants could give us continuous cooperation and let us eradicate corruption together,” he said during the launching of the Fight Against Corruption (Gempur) at Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) yesterday.

Gempur, launched nationwide yesterday, aims to educate civil servants, especially those involved in enforcement, not to accept bribes.

Asked on the corruption cases reported here thus far, Jutim said there had been convictions in some cases, while other cases are pending trial.

According to him, awareness amongst members of the public on the role of MACC in solving corruption activities has increased.

He said various programmes in the town and rural areas had created a closer rapport between MACC, members of the public and government agencies.

“Only in the rural areas, the issue of corruption is less. If there is any, normally it involves abandoned projects or implementation of projects that are not according to specifications,” he said.

On Gempur, Jutim said the campaign encourages civil servants to report to the MACC if they are offered a bribe.

He said Gempur, with the slogan ‘You Give, We Report’, is a continuous campaign that depends solely on the cooperation of all civil servants.

SMC senior assistant secretary Yong Ing Chu was among those present during the launching.

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