Lavish lifestyle of govt staff at border raises MACC alarm

macc-malaysia-thai-borderPETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have been alerted to the apparent lavish lifestyles of a number of civil servants working with enforcement agencies at the border between Kedah and Thailand, The Star reported.

With that, the MACC says it is close to nabbing some of these enforcement officers soon.

“We have received information on these people and their activities. The corrupt practices at the border are alarming. This includes every agency. We may make some arrests,” Kedah MACC director Mohd Fauzi Mohamad was quoted as saying.

He added that they received the information from intelligence gathering and tip-offs from sources.

Kedah has two border towns to Thailand – Bukit Kayu Hitam and Durian Burung in the Padang Terap district near Alor Setar.

The MACC recently launched its 3J – Jangan Hulur, Jangan Kawtim, Jangan Settle (Don’t Give and Don’t Settle) and Gerah (Anti-Corruption Revolution Movement) campaigns, taking its fight against corruption to the ground with 2,000 personnel.

Previously, the MACC had been actively going nationwide to get the support of ministries, state governments, non-governmental organisations and sports bodies in making a “Corruption Free Pledge”.

“I hope the heads of departments will start taking corruption seriously and ensure their staff are clean and free from corrupt activities,” Fauzi told the daily.

Under the new 3J and Gerah campaign, these 2,000 MACC officers will go to the ground on the first Monday of every month to meet the people in the fight against corruption and abuse of power.

MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad was quoted by Bernama as saying that the 2,000 MACC officers and other personnel involved would be going to selected locations, including airports and railway stations, to spread the anti-corruption and anti-power abuse message and urged the people to report such cases to MACC.

Dzulkifli also urged companies to come forward and report corrupt practices and power abuse to MACC so that stern action could be taken against those involved.

“We want the public to have the courage to come forward and lodge reports with MACC.

“We want the public to know that MACC is their friend and family. We are your family. You can rely on us. Therefore, you must dare to say no (to corruption and power abuse),” he said.