Higher Salary for Anti-Corruption Officers

The Malaysia government is now considering paying higher salaries to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Officers, MACC as the body is said to be stepping up its effort to curb bribery and corruption.

The suggestion for the pay rise was also put forward to create more interest and attract more job seekers to join the country’s authorized anti-corruption body.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has been appointed by the outgoing premier, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, to lead a team that will study the feasibility and formulate a better salary package to the officers.

When appointed Prime Minister four years ago, Abdullah has vowed to focus his priority in weeding out corruption, which has been plaguing the country’s politics, economy and government administration for years. As he is expected to step down in 3 months, he is making his final push to shut his critics and prove them wrong.

MACC is the new name given to ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency) when the MACC Act was passed on the parliament in December 2008.

Close to half of 585 people arrested throughout the year were civil servants serving for various government offices.

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