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Usually not the right info, says MACC
Published on: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: People in Sabah are willing to come forward when it comes to channelling information to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

However the type of information furnished at most times is not related to the roles and functions of the MACC.

In order to address this, MACC Sabah embarked on a one-day Anti-Corruption Convoy (Kejar'17) starting from Kota Kinabalu with pit stops along the way at Papar, Membakut, Beaufort and Sipitang before ending at Sindumin.

"With regard to the amount of information we receive, people are willing to come forward. Only thing is that the type of information given to us is sometimes not under our jurisdiction but related to other matters or crime," said MACC Sabah Director Dato' Sazali Salbi after the flag off, Saturday.

The convoy was held in conjunction with MACC's 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary and also featured MACC's new flag.

"We need to educate the people on the type of information we need and the type of information that they can submit to us. If the information given is not related to our roles and functions, then we will have to refer it to other agencies," he said.

He said what is needed is good quality information.

"Previously, people were doubtful and fearful of coming forward. Thus our outreach programme is also to introduce the people to the services provided under Witness Protection Act 2009 and Whistleblower Protection Act 2010.

"Our approach to let people know what MACC is all about and to change their mindset to ensure continuous support from them," he said.

Meanwhile a total of 100 people, including Universiti Malaysia Sabah students and some 40 bikers from the Sabah Big Bikers Association (SBBA) led by its Vice President Osman Ahman took part in the convoy.

The convoy was also welcomed by Sipitang Member of Parliament Datuk Sapawi Ahmad during their stop at Sipitang. - Sherell Jeffrey

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