The Commission advised all civil servants to report any corrupt acts.Any person to whom any gratification is given, promised, or offered, in contravention to any provision of this Act shall report such gift, promise or offer together with the name, if known, of the person who gave, promised or offered such gratification to him to the nearest officer of the Commission or police officer. The provision of the section makes it obligatory for everyone for that matter to report on any transaction of bribery. Apart from this obligation, the Government carrying through this campaign came up with various incentives to encourage the public officials in general to come forward and report on any known bribery transaction. Some of the benefits in placed are certificate of recognition, dollar to dollar reward, extra bonus points in annual performance evaluation report and something to look for is on the recommendation for state/federal awards.
Much to the accomplishment, there is a sharp decline on the arrest of civil servants compared to those in the private sectors over the past three years as government officials are now more ready to lodge a report against bribe-givers. Government officials, especially those in the enforcement agencies such as the Police and the Road Transport Department (JPJ), are more aware of corrupt acts and have played a major role in the arrests of the offenders amounting to RM 272,950,00. Surprisingly, to boot the significance of the campaign, a significant number of foreigners were also arrested by the Commission in the year 2010 falling under the category of corruption. Among them are 7 Singaporeans who were arrested at Johor for trying to buy their way through traffic offences by offering bribes.
Those who used to hesitate about coming forward no longer have to fear retribution. Under the Whisteblower’s Protection Act 2010, protection will be given to the informants of the reported corruption cases. The informer’s identity is protected and will not be revealed in any court of law.
On top of this increase in awareness, public officials themselves have dared come forward to report on corruption which led to the arrest on bribe givers.
In fact, there are few community views and criticism that the authorities such as the MACC are taking action against corruption receiver alone. This is because usually, the prosecution of corruption cases is shown by the mass media is centred on individuals who accept bribes.
The implementation of corruption prevention modules in induction courses, promotion of officers and the introduction of government policies including on public delivery system and the setting up of Good Governance Committee contributed to the better figure. Following an increase in awareness, members of the civil service were becoming more forthcoming in reporting offer of bribes, leading to the arrest of bribe givers. Integrity, which the government is trying to imbibe among the civil servants, is becoming a reality. In line with this development, the MACC would carry out a massive anti-corruption campaign to nab those who tried to bribe civil servants.