KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Oct 2009: The Whistle Blower Act will be formulated to encourage informants to expose corrupt practices and other misconduct, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Announcing the formulation of the Act when tabling the 2010 Budget in Parliament today, he said the move would provide immunity to informants from civil or criminal charges.
The formulation of the Whistle Blower Act was among the measures taken in the implementation of the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) to eliminate corruption.
In implementing the NKRA, Najib also announced that 14 Special Corruption Sessions Courts and four Special Corruption Appeal High Courts would be established.
Currently, there are only two special courts in Kuala Lumpur and another two in Shah Alam.
Najib also said efforts to enhance the image of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would be carried out. These would include organising international conferences on combating corruption, carrying out awareness campaigns through the mass media, and promoting better public relations.
He said these measures would be aimed at improving public perception of and confidence in efforts at eliminating corruption, as well as ensuring that government processes and procedures were adhered to.
“These measures will ensure that the country is better ranked in the Corruption Perception Index,” he added. — Bernama