Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki said it was not wrong for civil servants to play golf, but when the game is played abroad with contractors and suppliers, questions of ethics arise.
“There is nothing wrong with playing golf. I play golf too.
“It is a game played by the public but playing golf abroad with contractors and suppliers is an indicator that the civil servant may be engaging in abuse of power,” he said during an one-hour interview with @MACCfm today.
In the one hour exclusive interview, Azam said a total of 982 investigation papers were opened, 932 individuals were arrested and 258 were charged as of Dec 15, last year by MACC.
MACC managed to address public interests issues and solve high profile cases like the bauxite mining in Pahang, Sabah Water Department case, corruption in Youth and Sports Ministry and so on.
“MACC’s main objective is not merely making the biggest seizure or asset recovery, but to maintain national harmony and solving safety issues,” said Azam.
He pointed out that the signing of a memorandum of understanding between MACC and the Inland Revenue Board where both agencies can work together in returning the government revenue.
“For instance, RM200 million was seized nationwide last year in a joint operation between both agencies, about 70% of which can be returned to the government,” he said.
Azam praised MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad for his seriousness in combating corruption, which lead to the success of MACC last year.
The operations chief also said from this year, MACC’s investigation and intelligence gathering would focus on the public sector, government-linked companies, banks and enforcement agencies.
“This is because the tendency for corruption in these sectors is quite high,” he said.