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Whistleblower Protection

Successful law enforcement and anti-corruption strategies depend largely on the willingness and ability of individuals to provide information to authorities and give evidence in a court of law. The Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 promotes the disclosure of information about corruption or other misconduct, but limitations to the law exist that can deny protection to whistleblowers on a handful of grounds.

Whistleblowing comes with serious risks. Whistleblowers must be protected with better laws and progressive judicial decisions, supported to navigate the legal system, and encouraged by a celebration of the good that whistleblowers do.

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  • Azam cannot override Parliament, say PSC members

    January 18, 2022 Four members of a parliamentary select committee (PSC) that was to grill Azam Baki tomorrow say the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief cannot override Parliament and must show up when summoned by the PSC. At a press conference, Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong also urged the chairman of the PSC on […]

    2022
  • Amendments to be made to Whistleblowers Protection Act to ensure complete confidentiality, says Wan Junaidi

    November 16, 2021 Amendments will be made to the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2010 to ensure the complete confidentiality of those providing information about corruption and abuse of power, said Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. The move to amend the Act comes after weaknesses in existing laws led to an extremely low number of […]

    2021
  • Law minister: Proposed amendments to Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 to be tabled to Cabinet next month

    November 16, 2021 Amendments to the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2010 (Act 711) are being studied and evaluated by the government, and will be tabled to the Cabinet next month, said Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), during Question Time in Parliament this morning, revealed seven […]

  • Only small number of whistleblowers given protection, admits govt

    November 16, 2021 Only 527 informants out of more than 73,545 complaints received by enforcement agencies under the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 (Act 711) were given protection, law minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said. Admitting that it was a very low ratio compared to the number of complaints received, he said it showed the weaknesses […]

  • Study on Whistleblowers Protection Act to be tabled to cabinet next month

    November 16, 2021 The outcome of a study and parameters for the proposed amendments of the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 (Act 711) will be tabled to the cabinet next month, said de facto Law Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. He said seven issues involving amendments to several sections of the Act were still being studied by the […]

  • Law minister: Whistleblower Act needs to be reviewed thoroughly

    November 9, 2021 Laws relating to whistleblowers under the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 (Act 711) have to be thoroughly reviewed in an effort to increase national integrity. Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said existing whistleblower laws were inadequate and needed to be reviewed. “On the matter […]

  • Cuepacs seeks better protection for whistleblowers

    January 19, 2021 (PN) Cuepacs claimed that many civil servants have suffered at the hands of their colleagues and superiors for blowing the whistle. There is a “culture of victimising” against those who report corruption or refuse to take part in it. Claims of unfair treatment towards corruption whistleblowers (by complicit cliques) are rife. In […]

  • MACC Chief: Civil servants should come forward to report corrupt practices at workplace

    January 15, 2021 (PN) MACC welcomes civil servants’ move to make reports about corruption involving the public sector or agencies and assure them of their safety. Challenges informants face include threats,  intimidations and loss of employment which may extend to threats to the wellbeing of their families and cliques. Informants’ willingness to come forward to […]

  • Civil servants ‘not brave enough’ to report bribery attempts

    December 08, 2020 (PN) Civil servants are still apprehensive about coming forward to lodge complaints about corrupt practices within the public sector. Despite some incentives offered to them, such as the same amount of the bribes they help expose, MACC revealed that only 0.01% out of 1.6 million civil servants would come forward to make […]

    2020
  • Whistleblower protection: Widen the scope, provide security to informants

    November 06, 2020 (PN) Experts have identified that the current Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) 2010 is in urgent need of reform so as to increase reporting and public confidence.  Amendments proposed include widening the legal definition of a whistleblower. The current ambit of the term whistleblower is severely restricted by S11 of the WPA, which denies […]