Corruption exists in all parts of the world and Malaysia definitely does not have the best to combat corruption. In fact, Malaysians believed that the country could be one of the worst, as many thought that the government has been focusing on the wrong areas.
Recently, Bernama took to their Twitter account to share that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be making it mandatory for all tertiary students to take an integrity and anti-bribery course starting 2023.
“The decision was made by the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) and will be implemented in 2023.” they wrote in a tweet.
The move is targeted at making students aware of how corruption can affect the country and themselves, and thus, educating them to not offer or receive bribes.
In an infographic, the commission explained that they are targeting university and college students as the statistics showed that corruption among those aged 30 and below appears to be prevalent, with 275 people aged 18 to 30 arrested between 2020 to 3 June 2022 for corruption offences.
“The temptation of corruption often happens when you enter the working world,” shared Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) MACC Datuk Seri Norazlan Mohd Razali.
However, netizens believed that the course is targeted at the wrong audience.
In the comment section, many said that it should be targeted at government officials, politicians and other authoritative figure instead given the recent claims where a number of people in authority have been accused of corruption.
“Why don’t also mandate this course to the top leaders too? Also, I think what needs to be strengthened is our civic education, which has a wider scope and would include issues on corruption and bribery as well.” said a netizen.
@JPAgov @INTANBukitKiara @SPRMMalaysia wajibkan kursus integriti & antirasuah setiap tahun kepada semua Penjawat Awam terutama Pengurusan Tertinggi. @SPRgovmy pun kena wajibkan kursus berkenaan kepada setiap calon yang bakal bertanding #PRU15 akan datang.— دودول dOdOl (@encikISWAN) June 6, 2022
Apa kata @buletinfm 🤔
Meanwhile, one netizen pointed out that the course is targeted at those aged 30 and below, but how about those aged 30 and above. “Counter corruption for those under 30. So once above 30 you can do whatever you want?” said the netizen.
One even suggested that MACC should implement this at the political party conferences every year, before tertiary education institutes.
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