MACC claims video meant to educate, not insult.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has removed a public service announcement video showing how a doctor can be bribed to issue a medical certificate (MC).
It decided on the removal following criticism from the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) yesterday that it was offensive and crass.
In a statement today, MACC said it did not mean to offend the medical profession and that the video was aimed at creating public awareness about the offering, giving and accepting of bribes.
“In the context of this video, it refers to the issue of fake MCs, and this example was based on a real-life situation that had been investigated by MACC through complaints received from employers and the public,” it said.
“MACC did not intend to undermine or question the professionalism of medical specialists or practitioners.
“Based on the values of accountability and integrity, MACC has decided to remove the video in order to maintain the sensitivity and harmony of all parties.”
MACC added that it appreciated the efforts, sacrifices, and contributions of the country’s medical practitioners, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020.
In the clip posted on MACC’s official Twitter account on Tuesday, a man is shown asking for an MC although the doctor says he is not unwell.
The man then slides an envelope over to the doctor “to facilitate” his request. The doctor accepts the envelope and is then seen signing the MC.
The video ends with a catchphrase: “Restore integrity, fight corruption.”
Stating that the video was an insult to the medical profession, MMA called for it to be removed immediately.
The video came amid the ongoing controversy surrounding allegations that MACC chief Azam Baki had ownership of millions in publicly traded stocks.
Addressing the matter yesterday, Azam said he had given his brother permission to buy shares using his trading account in 2015 – and that his superiors were informed of the matter.
Earlier today, the Securities Commission Malaysia said it will be in touch with Azam and other parties as the Securities Industry (Central Depositories) Act 1991 (Sicda) states that every securities account opened with a central depository must be in the name of the beneficial owner of the deposited securities or in the name of an authorised nominee.
The Act also stipulates that all dealings in securities shall be effected only by the beneficial owner of the securities or an authorised nominee. – FMT