LANGKAWI: The increasing number of university students willing to accept or offer bribes as revealed in a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) study is worrying, says chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad.
He said the Corruption Prevention Action Effectiveness Perception Study conducted last year showed 16% of 1,000 university students responded that they were willing to accept a bribe if they had the opportunity or power.
“The figure is worrying as the same study in 2015 showed only 10.7% while in 2014 it was 11.3%,” he said when delivering a keynote address at the Holistic Graduate Seminar organised by Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Higher Education Ministry and the MACC here.
According to the study, 18.2% of the students surveyed were prepared to offer bribes so that they would not have to face (legal) action compared to 17.4% in 2015.
Meanwhile in KUALA LUMPUR, Dzulkifli in a media statement said the younger generation, especially university students, should stand firm with the MACC to stamp out corruption in the country.
“University students should join forces with the MACC to protect the people especially the poor from being oppressed,” he said.
He added that 2,000 MACC officers would be going to the ground throughout the country under the Anti-Corruption Revolution Movement to meet and spread the message of the movement. The programme will be officially launched on Monday.
“The MACC will be the moving agent to the revolution movement to fight abuse of power and corruption as the number one agenda of the country,” he said.