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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 04, 2020 (PN) The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said a total of 290 individuals who provided information relating to corrupt activities since 2016 have been given protection under the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 (WPA). For the MACC to obtain adequate information on corrupt activities and the abuse of power, whistleblowers from the public are […]
September 24, 2020 (PN) Political interference has been singled out as one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in the country during the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, World Bank report reveals. It also stated that the Whistleblower Protection Act introduced in 2010 was incapacitated by the weak witness protection […]