More than 500 people probed in Malaysia over graft cases

16:52, August 04, 2010      

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More than 500 people, including high ranking personnel, were quizzed in the first seven months of 2010 in Malaysia over graft-related cases, a Malaysian official said in Port Dickson,Malaysia on Wednesday.

For the entire 2009, the number of individuals probed over the same reason in the country was about 500, the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy commissioner Shukri Abdul said.

Shukri said that of the people quizzed, four were from the management level of the Malaysian government, 19 were professionals and administrators, 142 were assistant directors.

According to Shukri, the commission received 7,224 graft- related complaints in the first seven months of 2010 involving 6. 28 million ringgit (1.99 million U.S. dollars).

In order to fight corruption, Shukri said that the MACC would recruit 5,000 personnel in five years to conduct investigations on all reported cases.

While about 1,000 people have joined the MACC, Shukri said some 600 have been assigned to handle various tasks.

Currently, the MACC has to deal with about 1,000 bribery cases every year.

Source: Xinhua


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