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General : MACC Targets ‘6’ In Corruption, Misconduct Index

KANGAR, Sept 23 (Bernama) — The corruption and misconduct index for public servants is improving, said Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC), Inspection and Consultation director Datuk Mohamed Yusoff Akope.

“This is despite the cases involving the Customs department and primary school public examination (UPSR) breach,” he said.

He said the index which previously recorded 4.5, rose to 5 last year.

“Index 5 means that it has not reached worrying stage. But we are striving to reach 6 (good) by next year,” he told reporters here today.

He earlier witnessed 11 managers of the Perlis State Economic Development Corporation, including its general manager Kassim Zakaria, sign the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP).

“The CIP initiative was introduced in 2011, and to date, 448 agencies have signed it including 119 government-linked companies and 51 government departments and agencies.

“The rest are 36 companies, 21 multi-national companies, 17 non-governmental organisations, and small and medium industries,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Yusoff said the MACC has appointed Universiti Tun Abdul Razak to conduct a study on the effectiveness of the CIP among the main agencies including Petronas.

“MACC also hopes for a concerted effort on the part of the public to help tackle corruption so that the commission will not be seen to be merely enforcing the law.

He said the MACC would also monitor the development of the CIP in the agencies or companies that had signed it.

— BERNAMA

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