MACC: 16% of students willing to accept bribes

Shamshun-Baharin-Mohd-Jamil-bribe-sprmARAU: About 16% of students at institutions of higher learning are willing to accept bribes if they have the opportunity and power to do so.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner Shamsun Bahrin Mohd Jamil gave this figure without revealing the number of students involved in the study.

He said the figure was obtained from a Corruption Prevention Action Effectiveness Perception Study conducted among students by MACC last year.

“The figure is worrying because only 10.7% of the students in 2015 and 11.3% in 2014 had stated their willingness to receive bribes,” he told a media conference here today.

The study also found 18.2% of the students were prepared to give bribes to avoid action, an increase of 0.8% from 17.4% in 2015, said Shamsun.

He said a study had also found that the number of students willing to report corruption cases had dropped to 66.3% compared with 74.1% in 2015 and 74.9% in 2014.

He said MACC data from 2011 until today showed that only 162 individuals dared to come forward and inform the agency about corruption cases.