MACC says Mandarin web section was started in 2015

MACC deputy commissioner Shamsun Baharin says a Tamil section may be started. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: The Mandarin section of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s website had been reactivated recently, after being suspended in 2018, the agency said today in response to recent political criticism.

MACC deputy chief commissioner Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil said the Mandarin section had been in existence since 2015 but was suspended in 2018 before being reactivated with improvements to ensure the anti-graft message reaches a wider audience.

“The Mandarin version was not being updated then and was shut down in 2018. We have reactivated it because there are officers now to manage it… we may even come up with a Tamil version if there is enough allocation,” he said when commenting on the reaction from various parties to news about the Mandarin section.

A protest letter was handed over by Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) today through its Wira movement. On Friday, the party had questioned the constitutionality of the use of Mandarin.

However, Shamshun Baharin said Bahasa Melayu was the primary language on its portal although other language options are also available.

“This should not be an issue as Bahasa Melayu is still used as the primary language on MACC’s portal,” he said.

Former MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said having Mandarin as another language option was not an offence as long as it is aimed at ensuring a clearer understanding of graft issues,

She said the justice system in Malaysia was the same one practised in the courts, police stations or prisons which offers translation options for other languages apart from the national language.