'Shuttler under probe not from BAM'

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 (BAM).

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

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

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

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

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

The objective of the campaign is to educate civil servants, particularly those from the enforcement, procurement and licensing departments, to reject bribery and report them to the commission, he said.

"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 bribing civil servants," Dzulkifli said.

It is in line with the commission's objective of ensuring the civil service is free from corrupt practices and power abuse 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, he added.

Also present was KL mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, MACC's deputy chief commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil and its 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 civil servants.

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

"So far, some 267 individual 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.