Sarawak Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says it is worrying that a significant number of undergraduates are willing to accept bribes or bribe others to get things done.
SIBU: There is something wrong in the way schools and universities mould students if as many as 16% of undergraduates are willing to take bribes, Sarawak Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.
“There is a real need for a relook into how we mould our school and varsity students so that they will always be of high moral standing, God fearing and despising corruption as a way of life,” the Borneo Post quoted him as saying.
He was commenting on a recent study which showed that 16% of undergraduates were willing to accept bribes.
The Corruption Prevention Action Effectiveness Perception Study among students by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last year showed that this group of students were willing to accept bribes if they had the opportunity and power to do so.
In 2014 and 2015, only 11.3% and 10.7% of the students, respectively, had stated their willingness to accept bribes.
The study also found that 18.2% of the students were prepared to bribe to avoid action, an increase compared with the 2015 figure of 17.4% .
Abdul Karim described it as a worrying trend among undergraduates who would be employed in the public service and private sector, according to the report.
On a different note, Abdul Karim, who is also state chairman of the National Association for the Prevention of Drug Abuse (Pemadam), urged parents to ensure that their children spent their pocket money responsibly and not on drugs.
He said drug peddlers were able to sell drugs to students probably because these students could afford to pay for the drugs.
It was recently reported that educational institutions in the state had become the main target for drug dealers, according to The Borneo Post.