MACC’s new anti graft campaign, Gempur

KUALA LUMPUR: The professional shuttler under investigation by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for alleged match-fixing is an independent player and not part of the Badminton Association of Malaysia's stable of players.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the commission had received initial information regarding the investigation and that it would begin its own investigation once BWF completed theirs.

"This is a rare case for the commission that a Malaysian shuttler is under probe for alleged match-fixing," Azam told reporters after the launch of the Fight Against Corruption Movement (Gempur) at Kuala Lumpur City Hall by MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad.

It was reported that the player has represented Malaysia in various tournaments such as the World Championships and the All-England tournament.

Asked for an update on the Penang undersea tunnel investigation, Azam said so far some 100 witnesses have been called in to give their statements, and the commission will rope in some technical personnel for assistance due to some technical knowledge involved with the project.

Earlier, Dzulkifli said MACC has heightened its anti-corruption efforts through its Gempur campaign.

He added that the objective of this campaign is to educate civil servants, particularly those from the enforcement, procurement and licensing departments, to reject any form of offers or bribery and to report them to the commission.

"Gempur is actually the rebranding of the Combating Bribe Givers campaign implemented since 2010 and with the slogan of 'Anda Hulur, Kami Lapor' (You Give, We Report), we hope we will also be able to educate the public to refrain from giving any bribe to any civil servant," Dzulkifli said.

He noted that the campaign is also in line with the commission's objective of ensuring the civil service is free from any corrupt practices and abuse of power as well as the completion of the 3J campaign which refers to "Jangan Hulur, Jangan Kawtim, Jangan Settle" (Don't Give, Don't Compromise, Don't Settle) launched last year.

Also present at the launch was KL mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, deputy chief commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil and deputy chief commissioner (Management and Professionalism) Datuk Jaafar Mahad.

Dzulkifli said Gempur will not be a short-term campaign, instead it is a continuous campaign and its success is very dependent on the full support and cooperation of all civil servants.

"Special recognition or incentives will be given to officers who reject bribery and report them to the commission.

"So far, some 267 individuals have received the recognition while the total incentives handed out is RM384,575," he said, adding the move is in line with the letter issued by the Secretary to the Government in 2011.