The DPM said the government supported the proposal by the MACC to look at the involvement of the private sector, corporate bodies and individuals, especially entrepreneurs, who tried to offer bribes to facilitate their business transactions with government agencies and departments.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should investigate the private sector and state governments, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said that investigations should be done across the board, and not just on the public sector.
But the worst part is, these civil servants are already judged by the court of perception even before a formal investigation is done or punishment is meted out,” Zahid said.
He wanted the authorities to initiate prosecution and take action on specific cases based on the outcome of investigations, including through intelligent information and not purely on reports.
“Do not only listen to ‘hear-say’ or any report on the media or online media as well as the allegations hurled which prompted action to be taken,” he said.
Zahid also said that both givers and takers of bribes should be given equal treatment.
“Where there are takers, there must be givers. In most cases, the takers end up getting arrested while the givers get off scot-free. This is unfair,” said Zahid.
“In most cases, givers would lodge a report to escape punishment,” he added.