Graft-fighting teachers

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

By SATIMAN JAMIN AND AISYAH SULAIMAN | news@nst.com.my 0 comments

TEACHING GOOD VALUES: MACC to instil positive values in all trainee teachers so they will help eradicate corruption

PUTRAJAYA: THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will set up   anti-graft secretariats in all teacher training colleges nationwide this year.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Sutinah Sutan said the move was to instil positive values among the trainee teachers who would then pass on the good values to their future students.

“Teachers are our key communicators and play a vital role in imparting knowledge and awareness to the students.” she told the New Straits Times yesterday.

MACC had already set up these secretariats at all public universities in Malaysia, with involvement of 200 members per university, and planned to expand to private universities.

“The aim is to get as many people as possible to be involved in the activities set up by the secretariats, such as talks, competitions, and camps. The students will help organise events at secondary schools to spread the message among the younger children and also the local communities.”

On the recent shocking result of a survey which showed that a majority of university students were open to offering or taking bribes, she said it was hard to deal with people’s perception on corruption.

The corruption perception survey, carried out by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) revealed that majority of 1,800 university students interviewed saw no harm in offering or accepting bribes.

“We hope the secretariat will help deal with the negative influences of corruption.”

In Kuala Terengganu, MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed urged the authorities and the public to stop using middlemen for projects.

“Using the services of the middlemen is illegal under the MACC Act 2009. We view this seriously as the practice may lead to corruption and we will hold discussions with the government to draw up a guideline on this,” he said after launching a National Key Result Area seminar here yesterday.

Abu Kassim said the decision was also in line with the United Nations Convention on Corruption Eradication and other international initiatives.

On the e-Bidding System to secure contracts and projects, he said it had proven to be effective in weeding out corruption and cost-saving.

He said the awarding of MACC contracts through e-Bidding last year had helped save RM1 million.

Read more: Graft-fighting teachers – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/graft-fighting-teachers-1.101617#ixzz1zW1ikCdn