Strategies of National Anti-Corruption Plan
Akhbar Satar | 15 Mar 2019 00:30
On Jan 29, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched the National Anti- Corruption Plan (NACP) 2019-2023. The NACP is based on 22 strategies that will be prioritised for six major sectors. It contains 115 anti-corruption initiatives involving the political sector; public procurement; law enforcement; public sector administration; legislation and judiciary; as well as corporate governance.

This specific plan was developed to set a practical goal based on initiatives to be taken by every government and private agency to address corruption, integrity and governance issues for the next five years. A new law on political funding is top priority while interference by politicians in government administration is among the key issues facing Malaysia in the fight against corruption.

It is a good move by the government to introduce this plan, especially when the rate of corruption is very high. Even the chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has stated that corruption is worsening and is an embarrassment to the country.

Then the MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd revealed that half of the government officers found guilty of graft were under the age of 40. He says it is an “alarming situation” and attributed the corruption among young civil servants to today’s demanding lifestyle. Their flashy lifestyle does not match their measly pay as young officers and administrative assistants under the government pay scale.

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