The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Attorney-General's Chambers will hold a course on avoiding corruption for parliamentarians next year, Pemandu director D Ravindran said today.
"The Government Transformation Plan 2.0 (GTP 2.0) has the commitment of both the MACC chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamad and the AG (Abdul Gani Patail), who will both be conducting the course for our lawmakers.
"So, for the first time, we are going to teach our parliamentarians what is right to take and what is not right to take," Ravindran (above) said on the sidelines of the launching of the Corruption Perception Index in Petaling Jaya today.
He said this would include information on what constitutes corruption, and the codes of conduct and best practices to avoid it.
To a question, Ravindran (left) denied that the course was to be carried out because of a perceived lack of basic information about corruption among MPs.
'Varsity students say it's okay to take bribes'
"We just want to propagate what is right," he said, adding that a question was raised at a Pemandu event as to whether the MPs had been told about what is right and what is wrong in corruption prevention.
"Given that we haven't done that, we decided to do a quick training session.
"It will be a first. It is going to be an experiment, and we would like to get it done next year," added Ravindran, who is in charge of the anti-corruption section of the National Key Results Areas (NKRA).
He also said that an MACC study in 2007 found that most university students considered it "acceptable" to give or receive bribes and this was why the MACC was also planning to teach students about corruption.
"That is also why we also stepped back and thought, ‘Why stop at the classroom?' I mean, going into Parliament is like a classroom as well, so let's just do it there too," Ravindran added.--Courtesy of Malaysiakini