C4: Syed Saddiq expose shows need to strengthen whistleblowers law

PETALING JAYA: The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) has called for amendments to strengthen legislation governing the protection of whistleblowers, following reports that a PPBM Youth leader is being blackmailed with “sensitive” pictures.

C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel said today that the Malaysian Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 (WPA) was insufficient to protect potential high-profile whistleblowers such as Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.
“Because public trust is low in our institutions, some whistleblowers choose to go public instead of immediately lodging it to the authorities.

“But because of the way our Whistleblower Protection Act has been written, Syed Saddiq has zero protection at all,” she said in a statement.

According to Gabriel, under Section 7 of the WPA, individuals are compelled to make a report with law enforcement agencies before any whistleblower protection against harm can be extended to them or their family.
However, she said this should not be the case as any public exposure of an intention to disclose improper conduct should automatically confer legal and police protection before any report is made.

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